WILDLIFE & BIODIVERSITY

Woodruff Wood is a semi-natural woodland* made up of many different trees  and habitats. Due to these varied habitats a broad spectrum of species are found here

 

Most, no doubt, have been present for many years and it is hoped that by bringing the woodland back into management they will continue to be present for many more years to come

 

It is also hoped that over time new beneficial species will colonise Woodruff Wood

 

However, not all species are safe - we have identified a number of priority species which require our urgent help

 

(*Semi-natural woodland: woodland which has regenerated naturally rather than been planted and comprises mainly of native species)

 

Coniferous Woodland

Woodruff Wood Habitat Types

 

  • Broadleaved Woodland
  • Coniferous Woodland
  • Wet Woodland
  • Coppice
  • Open Spaces, Woodland Edges & Rides
  • Deadwood
Sulphur Tuft

Woodland Biodiversity

 

Woodruff Wood is home to a wide variety of species. These include:

  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Amphibians
  • Invertebrates
  • Plants
  • Fungi
  • Lichens
Purple Hairstreak (Photography by Graham Beckwith)

Many species are woodland specialists which rely on the different habitats within Woodruff Wood for their survival

 

For example: the Purple Hairstreak is found almost exclusively on Oak trees

Kestrel

48 Bird Species and Counting.....

 

Since purchasing Woodruff Wood in June 2014, numerous species of flora and fauna have been recorded. These include:

  • 30 tree & shrub species
  • 11 mammal species
  • 48 bird species
  • 16 butterfly species
  • 62 plant species

 

Please go to our Woodruff Wood News page for recent wildlife sightings and occurances

Priority Species

 

At Woodruff Wood, we have identified a number of priority species which currently reside within the wood but urgently require our help if they are to continue to do so

 

These include:

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

 

  • Facing a struggle for survival due to the spread of Grey Squirrels and the deadly virus squirrelpox

 

At Woodruff Wood, it is a familar story: our small population of Red Squirrels were hit by the squirrelpox virus in November 2014 and again in February 2016 when a handful of Grey Squirrels appeared in the area. Although the Grey Squirrels were quickly controlled (many thanks to Morpeth and District Red Squirrels for their help) we are unsure of their future. We hope for a recovery in Red Squirrel numbers.....

White-letter Hairstreak (Photography by Graham Beckwith)

White-letter Hairstreak

 

  • Ranked first amongst UK butterfly species in most severe long term decline
  • A single Wych Elm tree is home to the entire Woodruff Wood population of this species

 

We are caring for our existing Wych Elm trees and planting new Wych Elm saplings in the hope of expanding the range of our White-letter Hairstreaks which are almost entirely dependant on this one species of tree

Willow Tit

Willow Tit

 

  • 83% decline in Britain between 1995 and 2012
  • High liklihood of extinction

 

At Woodruff Wood, we are removing invasive Rhododendron in order to re-establish the native understorey which is a vital habitat for the Willow Tit

 

Woodruff Wood,Longhirst, Morpeth, Northumberland

'Passionate about wildlife & firewood'

Contact Us

T:  07525 841361 (9am - 8pm)

E:  info@woodruffwood.co.uk

W: www.woodruffwood.co.uk

 

Please feel free to contact us today for further information!

Why not add some kindling & firelighters to your firewood order?

 

Our recommendations are:

Natural Kindling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our best seller in terms of kindling.

A mix of hand-chopped hardwood sticks ready for popping onto your fire.

 

The sack is 65cm x 45cm and weighs approx. over 7kg

 

£6.50 a sack 

Flamers - Natural Firelighters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We tried these ourselves a while back and were very impressed!

Our log fire lit immediately with one of these odourless and clean bundles of wood shavings.

 

£3.50 a box of 24

 

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  *SQUIRREL SPECIAL*

 

Learn more about our Red Squirrels - we love them!

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

 

'Increasing Productivity of Woodruff Wood Woodfuel (Firewood)'

Woodruff Wood is grateful to have received funding for equipment and infrastructure to support us in the production of firewood

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