During 2015, a local amateur ornithologist, Joe Beale, recorded birds seen during one hour in the Woodland Dell and he did this monthly for 6 months. He listed 23 species: woodpigeon, stock dove, dunnock, wren, robin, song thrush, blackbird, blackcap, redwing, great tit, blue tit, ring-necked parakeet, magpie, carrion crow, jay, chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch, coal tit, long tailed tit, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch.

Several of these are breeding in the Woodland Dell. The trees and areas of undergrowth containing brambles and nettles provide a valuable and safe habitat for them. The Friends have provided nest boxes to encourage birds to stay. Juliet Cairns, a local botanist, surveyed the flora during April 2015 and listed 18 plants, including bluebells, speedwell, alkanet, buttercups, Queen Anne’s lace, celandine, wood avens, violet and Enchanter’s nightshade.

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