Head on a summer stroll

Summer is a wonderful time for a wander around the woods. Escape the heat and enjoy a walk under the dappled, cool shade of the tree canopy. Watch as bees and butterflies glide from flower to flower in search of nectar, and see if you can spot deer, foxes or squirrels on your way around the wood.

picnic in Fingle Woods

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Pack a picnic

The warm, sunny days that summer supplies us with are perfect for picnicking. Get your family and friends together, pack a picnic and head out to the woods for some food and fun! Or, why not throw a Tree Party and help raise money for woods and trees? Just remember to take any litter away with you!

Go on a family adventure

Summer is one of the best times for family fun. If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays, look no further! Why not head on a scavenger hunt, make a flower crown out of flora you find in the woods, play pooh-sticks or try pond dipping? Visit Nature Detectives for more inspiration.

red fox smelling flower in the sunshine

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Stop and smell the flowers

During the warmer months the woods are filled with a kaleidoscope of colour. Wildflower meadows sway in the warm breeze, the sweet scent of fragrant honeysuckle fills the air and striking foxglove attracts the buzzing of bees.

Watch wildlife

The hazy days of summer are filled with the buzzing of bees, bevvies of butterflies fluttering among the wildflowers and lots of activity from other insects, including grasshoppers, beetles and ladybirds. Reptiles bask in the sun, tiny toadlets venture out of the ponds they were born in and during the evening bats abound in search of prey.

two people holding handfuls of blackberries

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Go foraging

Foragers are spoilt for choice at this time of year. Whether you want to whip up an elderberry cordial, make a yummy blackberry crumble or try your hand at making some delicious rowan jam, the woods are full with the ingredients to make these tasty treats during the summer months. Just remember to follow our foraging guidelines.

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