Although beautiful, the yellow-flowered skunk cabbage is a non-native species that has spread along the ravine. We're concerned that it is growing to the detriment of native plants and have started to remove it. We will leave the roots exposed to air to allow them to perish. Please do not place it back in the water. Thank you.
A woodland with a great variety of wildlife and beautiful carpets of bluebells each spring.
These beautiful woods on the edge of Birmingham are renowned for their stunning shows of bluebells each spring. There’s more to these 11 hectares than bluebells!
The woods lie on the northwest spur of the Lickey Hills. Beaconwood was cleared and replanted with oaks about 120 years ago whereas plantations on the Winsel date from around 1930. Part of the National Trust’s Chadwich Estate, they’re managed by WWT.
They’re great for walking in all year round. Spring is great for woodland flowers whereas a walk following a sprinkling of snow in winter is magical.
Entering via a gate from the public footpath off the old A38, you’ll walk up the forester’s track passing beech and turkey oaks with an understorey of holly. As you walk the trees become more varied with whitebeam, cherry, sweet chestnut and mature conifers on the north slope. The Great Oak, planted as the marker oak at the junction of three forestry compartments, is around 250 years old.
The heavy leaf canopy and dense bracken provide ideal cover for a range of wildlife. Pied flycatchers, buzzards, kestrels, sparrow hawks, tawny and little owls, great spotted woodpeckers, tree creepers and other woodland birds can be found here.
Volunteers keep an eye on the wildlife through the summer months, helping to ensure they have the peace and quiet to breed and raise their young.