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A winter walk in a National Nature Reserve

Wrap up warm and put on your boots! Join staff from Natural England for a guided walk through Easton Hornstocks. You normally need a special permit to visit this very special woodland, so this rare opportunity is not to be missed.
Easton Hornstocks 


Tuesday 8th February 
10:00  - 12:00

 

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 management of the trees continues to this day, though the timber now mainly goes for firewood. 

We will hear about two particular threats to the woodland: invasive non-native species of trees and large numbers of browsing deer.  As well as the areas of coppiced lime, we will visit open glades, grassy rides and a former quarried area deep in the wood itself.

Few local people have ever visited this part of Rockingham Forest because access is normally by permit only and there are no Public Rights of Way. Dogs are not permitted on the reserve,
Easton Hornstocks

Access to Easton Hornstocks is off the minor road running south from the A43 towards Kings Cliffe.  The precise meeting point and parking instructions will be decided nearer the time 

Distance: approx 2miles or 5km. Various walking surfaces along hard tracks and grassy rides. Could well be muddy! 

Please let us know if you intend to come.   
We will confirm full details two days before the walk.

Email: friends@fineshade.org.uk