Habitat

Planting Gorse Wood

Some children from Sharmans Cross School came to help us plant some new trees in a field next to Gorse Wood. It will all eventually become one large wood and we hope the children come back in 30 or 40 years time to see the results of their hard work.

Alder Carr

Alders growing in the water in the Pool Tail Coppice, Packwood House

Hidden in Pool Tail Coppice is the Alder Carr. This is a wetland habitat and it's where you will find alders growing in waterlogged soil.

We think that the area they are growing in was where clay was dug out, to make bricks for the house and outbuildings.
 

What to look for through the seasons

  • We have lots of fungi to search for in our woods © Sally Renwick

    Autumn

    Forage for our amazing fungi in the autumn months (but always with an expert).

  • Snowdops burst through the woodland floor © Sally Renwick

    Winter

    Snowdrops are abundant in February, particularly in the woods around Packwood House.

  • We have a carpet of golden daffodils outside Packwood in the Spring © Sally Renwick

    Spring

    Look out for daffodils, cowslips, forget-me-nots, primroses and lesser celandines.

  • Daisie in the meadow at Packwood House © Sally Renwick

    Summer

    See if you can spot daisies, hogweed, lady’s bedstraw and wild strawberries.

A Ranger's ramblings

Oliver Madams talks demonstrating Pole Lathe turning at Packwood House on Sundays from 2 March, when he can answer any questions in person.
 

Hedgelaying with the Scouts

Our Countryside Ranger teaching hedge laying techniques to the scouts

Our Countryside Ranger teaching hedge laying techniques to the scouts

Hedgelaying has been practised for hundreds of years, and we still continue to look after our hedges here. It helps to keep the hedge thick and bushy, making it a haven for wildlife, as well as making an impenetrable barrier for sheep.

Coprinus micaceus

Coprinus micaceus Glistening Ink Cap, found on the Welly Walk © Sally Renwick

This fungi typically grows in clusters on or around rotting tree roots or stumps.

There are plenty around Packwood for you to spot.

Coriolus versicolor

One of our many amazing fungi foiund at Packwood House © Sally Renwick

Commonly known as Turkey tail because of its resemblance to the tail of a wild turkey.

It is used traditionally in Asian herbal medicine.

Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa

Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa, a fungi found in Brick Kiln Coppice at Packwood © Sally Renwick

This is a variety of slime mould which is extremely dramatic, changing from white to black in the space of a week.

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