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Voltaire's Wood Biodiversity Program

Alongside our management of Hazel Woods, restoring coppice and thinning dense areas, we are conducting a biodiversity monitoring program so we can see the effect that our work has on the woodland life over the years - a sign that we are managing it well. We are currently collecting baseline data on what species are present as well as surveying the habitat quality.

Goldfinch (Flickr: HaPe_Gera)

We have over 200 species of plant and 50 species of bird recorded in the woodland already, but we hope to increase the diversity of some the lower quality areas through our habitat management. Cutting coppice and thinning out dense areas allows light to get to the floor so that more plants can grow which may attract different insects which may attract more birds to the woods. We are also looking at butterfly numbers as an indicator of habitat quality hoping to attract some of the rarer species. One day we may have small pearl bordered fritillaries flitting down butterfly glide. That will be a sure sign of success.


Here's a snapshot of where we are in May 2020.


Voltaire’s Butterflies

Brimstone

Holly blue

Orange-tip

Fritillary

Comma

Common Blue

Painted lady

Small tortoiseshell

Common blue

Large white

Peacock

Small white

Dingy skipper

Marbled white

Red admiral

Speckled wood

Green-veined white

Meadow brown

Silver washed

Silver-washed Fritillary (Flickr: HaPe_Gera)

Voltaire’s Birds

Non-passerines

Barn owl

Kestral

Stock dove

Buzzard

Mallard

Swift

Collared dove

Merlin

Tawny owl

Great spotted woodpecker

Pheasant

Wood pigeon

Green woodpecker

Sparrowhawk

Woodcock

Passerines

Black bird

Goldcrest

Magpie

Skylark

Blackcap

Goldfinch

Marsh tit

Song thrush

Bluetit

Great tit

Mistle thrush

Spotted flycatcher

Bullfinch

Greenfinch

Nuthatch

Starling

Carrion crow

Grey wagtail

Pied wagtail

Chaffinch

House sparrow

Raven

Chiffchaff

Jackdaw

Redwing

Coal tit

Jay

Robin

Dunnock

Linnet

Rook

Fieldfare

Long-tailed tit

Siskin

Voltaire’s Plants


We over 200 species of plants at Voltaire's wood. For the full list, see the table below or click on the link below to download:

Plant Species at Voltaires Wood
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Herb Paris (Flickr: johndal)


Voltaire’s Plants

Angelica

Annual meadow grass

Ash

Barren strawberry

Bearded couch

Beech

Bird's nest orchid

Bittersweet

Black bryony

Black currant

Black medick

Blackthorn

Bluebell

Box

Bracken

Bramble

Bristly ox tongue

Brittle bladder fern

Broad buckler fern

Broad leaved dock

Broad leaved helleborine

Broad leaved willowherb

Brooklime

Buckthorn

Bugle

Bush vetch

Butterfly bush

Cleavers

Cock's foot

Colt's foot

Columbine

Common chickweed

Common dog violet

Common figwort

Common gromwell

Common hemp-nettle

Common knapweed

Common lime

Common mouse-ear

Common sorrel

Common spotted orchid

Common twayblade

Common valerian

Common vetch

Common white beam

Corn mint

Cow parsley

Cowslip

Crab apple

Creeping buttercup

Creeping cinquefoil

Creeping thistle

Cuckooflower

Cut leaved crane's bill

Daisy

Dandelion

Deadly nightshade

Dewberry

Dog rose

Dog's mercury

Dogwood

Downy birch

Early dog violet

Elder

Enchanter's nightshade

False brome

Field bindweed

Field elm

Field maple

Field rose

Forget-me-not

Garlic mustard

Germander speedwell

Giant fescue

Goat willow

Golden rod

Goldilocks’ buttercup

Gooseberry

Great horsetail

Great willowherb

Greater burdock

Greater plantain

Grey willow

Ground elder

Ground ivy

Guelder rose

Hairy bittercress

Hairy St John's wort

Hairy violet

Hair wood rush

Hard shield fern

Hart's tongue

Hawthorn

Hazel

Heath speedwell

Hedge woundwort

Hemp agrimony

Herb Paris

Herb Robert

Hogweed

Holly

Holm oak

Honeysuckle

Hornbeam

Horse chestnut

Imperforate St John's wort

Ivy

Lady fern

Larch

Lesser burdock

Lesser celandine

Lesser pond sedge

Limestone fern

Lords and ladies

Male fern

Maritime pine

Marsh marigold

Marsh thistle

Meadow buttercup

Meadow vetchling

Meadowsweet

Narrow leaved hawk's beard

Nettle

Nettle- leaved bellflower

Nipplewort

Norway maple

Norway spruce

Opposite leaved golden saxifrage

Pale St John's wort

Pedunculate oak

Pendulous sedge

Perforate St John's wort

Pignut

Prickly sow thistle

Primrose

Purple orchid

Ragwort

Ramsons

Raspberry

Red campion

Red clover

Red currant

Remote sedge

Ribwort plantain

Rosebay willowherb

Rowan

Sanicle

Scots pine

Self heal

Sessile oak

Silver birch

Silverweed

Small leaved lime

Small teasle

Soft rush

Soft shield fern

Sow thistle

Spear thistle

Spindle

Spurge laurel

Square stalked St John's wort

Starved wood sedge

Sycamore

Thin spiked wood sedge

Three nerved sandwort

Thyme-leaved speedwell

Traveller's joy

Tufted hair grass

Vervain

Wall lettuce

Water avens

Water figwort

Water mint

Wavy bittercress

Wayfaring tree

Welted thistle

White clover

White dead nettle

Wild cherry

Wild privet

Wild service

Wild strawberry

Wood anemone

Wood avens

Wood barley

Wood dock

Wood meadow grass

Wood melick

Wood millet

Wood sedge

Wood sorrel

Wood speedwell

Wood spurge

Woodruff

Wych elm

Yarrow

Yellow archangel

Yellow iris

Yellow pimpernel

Yellow rattle

Yew

Yorkshire fog



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