Hardings Wood Summer

Yellow archangel, foxglove, and the flowers of rose and bramble take us into summer but this is the quietest time in the wood. The main burst of flowering plants is over as the foliage of the tree canopy shades the woodland floor. Burlier plants such as burdock, docks and nettle put out their less showy flowers and bright Lords and Ladies reveals brilliant orange seeds that look a bit like corn on the cob—but beware: they are poisonous.

In early summer birds are raising and feeding young and this is a good time to see barn owls that hunt in the afternoon when they have young. The swallows are first to think of leaving and the martins, warblers and other migrants begin to move out from late August into September.

Warm thanks to Gill Pakenham for allowing us to use her bird photographs and to Steve Povey for the mammals. Other photographs by Francesca Greenoak and others.

Where is Hardings Wood?

From Wigginton: Along the Chesham Road, turn left after the traffic-calming chicane, continue down past the crossroads until you reach the wood entrance in Crawleys Lane.
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How you can help...

If you wish to, you can get involved in any of the following ways:

The Hardings Wood Trust is registered as a Charitable Trust (Registered Charity number 1096325)

Please be aware that Hardings Wood is an ancient wood and that some of the paths are steep. Visitors are advised to have suitable clothing and footwear, and to be aware of all natural hazards—slip, trip, low hanging branches, projecting roots, insects, for example. Take care and enjoy your visit.