Wiltshire Wildlife Trust – Hagbourne Copse
This pocket of woodland , purchased by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust in 1999 provides a breathing space for wildlife in west Swindon and a peaceful place where workers can take a lunchtime stroll. In April and May you can enjoy a stunning display of native bluebells. The copse was planted some time before 1766 and belonged to the Lydiard Park estate. Oak was harvested for the building industry and coppiced hazel was used for fencing. Coppiced trees produce new shoots and this is a traditional way of harvesting wood.
What can i see at Hagbourne Copse
In summer look for red campion, herb bennet, devil’s-bit scabious and greater knapweed along the southern path. Also butterflies such as the purple hairstreak, peacock, brimstone, red admiral and comma. Autumn is the best time to see fungi – 22 species sprout from trunks, branches and the ground, among them common puffball. In winter you may see redwings hunting for berries and worms. Look out for great spotted woodpeckers and the occasional sparrow hawk; as well as tits and treecreepers. Rabbits, foxes, shrews and voles are present. The pond is fed by ditches, which help to drain the woodland. It attracts smooth newts, common frogs, mallard ducks and occasionally a grey heron.
Swindon SN5 8YW
OS map 169 Grid ref: SU105829
- Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs
- Dogs on leads are welcome
- Follow cicular walk for a short, relaxing stroll. A pond-dipping platform can be accessed from the path.
- 2.01 hectares
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