Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe, photo by Ann Roberts 1/3
Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe, photo by Richard Osbourne 2/3
Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe, photo by Richard Osbourne 3/3

Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe

NWT Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe is a medium-sized ancient woodland, which was recorded in the Domesday Book.
More recently, coppicing – a traditional form of woodland management that encourages growth by repeatedly cutting back young stems to near ground level – has been carried out extensively here.

Alongside the bluebells that carpet the understorey in spring, wild garlic is also common. Other plants include wood anemone, wood spurge, woodruff, herb Paris, twayblade, and a profusion of early purple orchids. More than 200 species of fungi have been recorded.

Butterflies are well represented, including white admiral. A number of common mammals occur including red, roe and muntjac deer, and of course the ubiquitous grey squirrel (like many Norfolk woodlands, red squirrel could still be found in Lower Wood up to the 1970s, though sadly no more).


 



Bluebell

Swathes of indigo bluebells flowing across the woodland floor are an iconic part of Britain’s natural history, and Norfolk is fortunate in having several sites where this fantastic spectacle can be enjoyed – Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe among them. In an average year bluebells will flower from mid to late April until the first two to three weeks of May.

Wild Garlic

Wild garlic is often also known locally as ramsons. These pretty, but pungent, white flowers favour damper, shadier corners making a beautiful contrast to the colour of the bluebells.

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TM 143 978
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