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Trees, plants and wildlife in New Moss Wood

The areas of wet willow scrub - planted and natural regeneration - support more colonies of moths and other insects than any other plant species, except oak.

Birds to be found in the wood include: kestrel, jay, magpie, wood pigeon, collared dove, whitethroat, blackcap, willow warbler, chiffchaff, bullfinch, goldfinch, wren, dunnock, robin, blackbird, great tit, long-tailed tit, blue tit, oystercatcher, cormorant, black-headed gull, swift, swallow and yellowhammer; while the open areas support ground-nesting birds such as skylark and lapwing.

Approximately 10 hectares of the site was planted in 1997/98, mostly with willow, alder and birch, and some oak, ash and cherry. There is also approximately nine hectares of naturally regenerating scrub woodland, predominantly made up of sallow (goat willow) and birch.

A range of native species make up the 30-hectare woodland, including willow, alder and birch with more recent plantings of oak and ash.

The open ground areas are a mix of grassland and taller herbs such as nettle, dock, rosebay, willow herb and thistles.