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Become the next David Attenborough and discover what's in Birchanger Woods




Birchanger Wood Trust is encouraging a new generation of David Attenboroughs to find out more about the flora and fauna on their doorstep.

The 69-acre ancient coppiced woodland straddles the A120 bypass – and Herts and Essex county border – between the Parsonage estate in Bishop's Stortford and the parish of Birchanger.

The volunteers who maintain the wood have created links on the website www.birchangerwoodtrust.org to identification apps so that visitors can use their smart phones and tablets to learn more about the trees, plants, birds, insects and fungus that inhabit it.

Birchanger Woods, Bishops Stortford.Bug Hunt. Sai (3), Maya (6) and Dad Sandip check out their bug net. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (42664668)
Birchanger Woods, Bishops Stortford.Bug Hunt. Sai (3), Maya (6) and Dad Sandip check out their bug net. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (42664668)

Trustee Daniel Brett said: "You could create your own short videos on what you find and send them to us at secretary@birchangerwoodtrust.org for publishing on our Facebook page and website.

"Or you could upload them to YouTube and start up your own channel. You could be the next David Attenborough!"

The wood is home to hornbeam, hazel, ash, birch, oak, sweet chestnut, cherry and holly trees as well as a wide range of flora including English bluebells, wood anemones and golden saxifrages.

Birchanger Woods, Bishops Stortford.Open Day and Family Bio-Blitz event. Off on a bug hunt. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (42664658)
Birchanger Woods, Bishops Stortford.Open Day and Family Bio-Blitz event. Off on a bug hunt. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (42664658)

It features a winding, all-weather, wheelchair-friendly path that is 5.3km (3.3 miles) in length.

The wood is owned and managed by the Birchanger Wood Trust 2018, a charitable incorporated organisation that was created exclusively to maintain the woodland for the public good.

It is maintained entirely by volunteers in accordance with a management plan drawn up by professional ecologists and the Forestry Commission for the benefit of the local community and visitors, and is supported by donations from a wide range of public and private organisations and by individuals.

Entry sign for Birchanger Woods (Nature Notes of May 16). (42664655)
Entry sign for Birchanger Woods (Nature Notes of May 16). (42664655)


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