The conservation work on Long Running looks great.
The works are to increase the heathland & encourage other wildlife.
An Iron Age hillfort situated at the highest point of the forest (116 m above sea level).
Snowdrops flower between January and March, often appearing en masse and creating a characteristic ‘white blanket’ coverage. The species has long been associated with winter – the latin name, Galanthus nivalis, literally translates as ‘milk flower of the snow’.
My first of the year seen Feb 17th.
A wonderful sight :^)
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The not so common Toad.
Toad numbers have fallen by more than two-thirds in 30 years. Very sad.
A local myth suggested it was the camp of Iceni Queen Boadicea.
Related to the shelduck.
It was introduced as an ornamental wildfowl species and has escaped into the wild, now successfully breeding in a feral state.
My landscape photography has always been poor.
I've just invested in a canon 24-70f4 EF IS USM lens.
Hopefully things will improve.
I witnessed a female Goshawk predate a rabbit at this location a few years ago.
Absolutely spectacular, especially when she flew off holding her catch.
Another fantastic location within the forest (not captured very well).
The beauty of this place is that not many people visit.
It has little patches of heather where common lizards seem to thrive.
You always see fallow deer resting up.
I used to see a Tawney Owl here a lot but not recently.
The icing on the cake though has to be the Goshawk nest. A pair of Goshawks made this their home for a few years and even managed to fledge some young after the second year of trying.
They have since moved on.
I always smile when I walk under their huge empty nest or past the plucking posts.
It's amazing what you see in this place considering it's proximity to London.