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When  is  the  best  time  to  visit  woodland?
Preferably as a guided tour- someone to point out how the natural woodland works.  It’s most photogenic in the spring with the forest flowers but there is always a lot to see, what ever the time of year.  Make a number of visits to see how the seasons change:-
¬ late winter, January to March.  Woodland preparing for spring- bird song, woodpecker, winter fungi, ivy berries ripen, twigs colouring, bluebell leaves protruding, foxes rutting, and more, forest work ceases;
¬ early spring, April.  First flush of forest flowers- celandine, wood anemone, bird song, migrant birds, trees in flower, ferns unfurl;
¬ late spring, May into early June.  Second flush of flowers- bluebells, stitchwort, trees flushing green- badger cubs, seedling trees, replenishing log stack from last winter’s felling;
¬ high summer, late June to August, dense green foliage like the rainforest- fledgling birds, hum of insects, dragonflies, first seeds and berries;.
¬ autumn, September, October.  Leaves colour and fall, start to see through the trees again, seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, fungi fruiting, strong winds blowing down twigs covered in lichens,.
¬ and early winter, November, December.  The woodland hibernates, opens up to view, frost, snow (perhaps), forest work commences, transplanting seedling trees, holly berries ripen,  

And start again.  

Visit other woodlands, you will be surprised to find how much they vary- altitude (CNG is at 550 ft), shelter, temperature, soil, age, and their history.
Have a magical visit!

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