West of Kersey, Groton, near Hadleigh, IP7 6HD
29-Mar-16 to 29-Mar-21
Open Access, Map reference TL9764
This ancient woodland is noted for its small-leaved lime coppice, this is an indication that the northern part of the wood has existed since prehistoric times. The other species to note is its large wild cherry trees, -it is one of only a few ancient woodlands in Suffolk with this species.
Groton Wood is unusual in that is has 22 seasonal ponds-good places to spot frog, toad and newt including the great-crested newt.
The rides are bursting with bluebell, pignut and early-purple orchid with shadier areas being characterised by violet helleborine, woodruff and herb-paris. 15 species of butterfly have been recorded at Groton Wood including brimstone, speckled wood and purple hairstreak whose caterpillars feed on oak. Summer songsters include black cap, willow warbler and chif chaf, while other birds such as treecreeper, all three woodpecker species, woodcock and nuthatch are resident here.
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