Flowers in a National Nature Reserve
As part of the summer-long festival of National Nature Reserves, Natural England are delighted to announce that County Plant Recorder, Brian Laney, will be leading a botanical walk, this time through Easton Hornstocks in mid-summer.
Easton Hornstocks NNR
Wednesday 20th July
10:00 - 12:30
National Nature Reserves (NNRs) were established to protect some of our most important habitats, species and geology. There are only 225 of these special places in England and Easton Hornstocks is one of them because of its unique ancient lime woodland which is rich in wildlife.
Much of the wood has been coppiced for centuries, formerly by the inhabitants of Easton-on-the-Hill who specialised in making rope from the fibrous bark of the Small-leaved Lime trees. This traditional coppice management continues to this day, though the timber now mainly goes for firewood.
Brian Laney's botanic expertise and enthusiasm will ensure that we have an interesting and entertaining morning, as we go to see what plants he can find in the recently coppiced areas, along the rides and in the former quarry site.
Few local people have visited this beautiful part of Rockingham Forest because access is normally only by permit and there are no Public Rights of Way. We will be restricting numbers to 20 people.
Distance: approx 2 miles or 5km. Various walking surfaces along hard tracks and grassy rides.
Dogs are not permitted on the reserve.
Access to Easton Hornstocks is from the minor road leading from Kings Cliffe north to the A47 trunk road.
Please book places by email if you intend to come. We will confirm the actual meeting point and parking instructions two days before the walk.