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Trees, plants and wildlife in Murdishaw Wood

Stockham Wood is dominated by oak and Scots pine, with occasional sycamore and ash. The understorey consists of planted beech, rowan, wild cherry, hazel and hawthorn. The ground flora is dominated by bramble.

Murdishaw Wood consists of mixed broadleaf and a small area of grassland. The northern fringes contain oak, sycamore, and ash with occasional alder. Further south, it is mostly sycamore with ash. The understorey is made up of beech, ash, wild cherry, and rowan planted in the early 1980s. There is an excellent display of bluebell in spring. Other ground flora includes honeysuckle, wild rose, wild millet, lesser celandine, wood anemone, wood melick, lady fern, wood false brome, enchanter's nightshade, giant fescue, meadowsweet, ground ivy, wood sorrel, herb Bennett (wood avens), wild garlic, and marsh marigold alongside the streams.

Murdishaw Wood east contains areas of mixed broadleaf woodland, including mature oak, as well as open areas and scrub.


The wood is home to bat, fox and squirrel. Bird species include great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper, robin, jay, fieldfare, owl, great tit, willow tit and marsh tit, which is increasingly rare in the region. The ground flora attracts a number of butterflies and other insects, and damselflies and dragonflies can be spotted round the ponds.