How to get to Foxcovert Plantation
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The wood is situated about half a mile east of Burntstump Country Park on the A614 (SK587505). From the A614, follow the B6386 towards Oxton and take the first left onto Gravelly Hollow, just past Patchings Farm Arts Centre. This is signposted as a dead end or ‘road ahead closed.’ The reserve can be accessed from the Forestry Commission car park off the road or cars can be parked at the end of the road adjacent to the A614.
Much of this 11 hectare site near Calverton comprises deciduous woodland believed to be part of the ancient Sherwood Forest. High numbers of fungal species and survey work on moths and other invertebrates suggest that the plantation was established on the site of ancient woodland. Some records are of species only found locally in Sherwood Forest woodlands, underlining the site’s heritage as part of this world-famous forest.
The main wood covers more than 7 hectares with oak and birch the principal species, together with sycamore, sweet chestnut, rowan, coppiced lime and several other species. The wood is linked by a grassy ride to two open areas of sycamore and acid grassland (Big Emily and Little Emily) bordered by a single line of poplars. Rhododendron and bracken dominate areas of open ground.
Heath bedstraw and wood sage are found in the main wood, and in the grassy ride harebell, common mouse-ear, foxglove and almost 30 other native flowers can be found. Small areas of bramble and gorse provide habitat for insects and birds and cover for the entrances of the many rabbit burrows. A triangular open area of wavy hair grass is home to the common green grasshopper.
In summer, garden and willow warblers, chiffchaff and blackcap, spotted flycatcher and roding woodcock join other common woodland species. If the autumn is wet and mild the wood fills with the fruiting bodies of fungi, including the beautiful fly agaric and many fascinating bracket fungi.
For some more pictures of the reserve please go to our flickr set
Membership helps us maintain the site for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
Donations are also vital to help support our reserves, so please consider making a one off donation by texting NWTR01 £10 to 70070. [Feel free to vary the cash figure after the £sign.]
The reserve is open to the public, but visitors are asked keep to the footpaths, some of which are steep or have shallow steps. There is a kissing gate leading to the Emilys and wheelchair access is available by prior arrangement.
Open at all times.
Events at Foxcovert Plantation
Fungi for Beginners
Saturday 24th September 2016
A two day course covering the biology and identification of fungi, the folklore surrounding them, and how to classify edible and poisonous mushrooms. Includes two forays at Attenborough and Foxcovert Plantation Nature Reserves. 10.30am - 4.30pm. Continues on 25 September. £80 per person including lunch and refreshments. Own transport required to Foxcovert Plantation. Leader: Dr. Patrick Harding. Click on the Wildlife Courses category at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop.
Saturday 1st October 2016
Members are invited to join Jim Norris and the Gedling Local Group for this foray around Foxcovert Plantation, Calverton. Meet at 10am at the Gravelly Hollow car park (side road off B6386). This is a free event, but donations will be gratefully accepted, and it will last around 2.5 hrs.
Contact: Membership Team 0115 985 8242
News from Foxcovert Plantation
Monday 15th February 2016
Grace Clark, a City Council worker at Glenbrook Management Centre, has taken up the challenge of running the full Nottingham Robin Hood Marathon to fundraise for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s campaign ‘Champions of Sherwood’.