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Top things to do in Spring

  1. Wander the woodland paths and be entranced by the sea of bluebells, wood anemones and primroses through April and May
  2. Visit around dawn or dusk to make the most of the wonderful spring birdsong and listen out for woodpeckers drumming
  3. Hunt for the rare toothwort - which looks like old teeth - and vibrantly coloured orchids

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Picnic in the woods and look up thorough the canopy for buzzards and sparrowhawks soaring in the sky
  2. Go on a hunt along the rides for the precious silver-washed fritillary and white admiral butterflies gliding through the woods
  3. Look and listen for summer birds: willow warbler, chiffchaff, garden warbler and - if you're lucky - turtle dove

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Watch for majestic fallow deer moving through the undergrowth
  2. Stroll around the paths and admire the oranges and yellows of the autumn colours
  3. Search for mushrooms and other fungi on the woodland floor - marvel at the variety of colours and shapes

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Watch the working woodland in action - hurdle-making and hazel coppicing, and admire the artistic hazel deer fences
  2. On cold, dark days, have your spirits lifted by the arrival of the winter thrushes: redwings and fieldfares
  3. Visit at winter's end and watch for the sublime colours of bullfinches as they feast on the buds of trees and shrubs

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  • Deer Bells at Garston Wood
  • Hooligan!
  • Wood Spurge (Euhorbia amygdaloides)
  • Stitchwort (Stellaria sp)
  • Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum multiflorum)
  • Purple Clay (Diarsia brunnea)
  • Poplar Hawk-Moth (Laothoe populi)
  • Nut-tree Tussock (Colocasia coryli)

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