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Fir Wood

Mainly Hornbeam, but at the southern end, dominated by Elm scrub. The canopy is very dense so that only shade resistant ground plants can be found. Plants such as the Moschatel, Enchanters Nightshade and the Wood-Sorrel and a strong stand of Ramsons (Wild Garlic) which would be obvious to anyone who walked through it by its strong scent. It also has the usual woodland plants of the park such as Bluebell, Lesser Celandine and Anemone. The white Sweet Violets are worth finding in the south west of the wood in March. The only violets in the park with that characteristic scent ( please do not succumb to the temptation to pick them there may be a queue waiting just to get a sniff.)

It is worth looking out for a stand of Poplars just out of the wood onto the golf course. If you walk out of the wood into the meadow at the North West end you will also find Adders Tongue, a rare plant, along with the more common and aromatic Meadowsweet.

In April 1980, A Nightingale arrived in Dagnam Park, it was first heard in daylight in the corner of Fir Wood, near the golf course, it sang all afternoon on the 16th April. It was subsequently heard by other bird watchers over a period of about 6 weeks. As far as we know this was the first documented sighting of the species in the park. Dave Sampson has kindly listed the subsequent sightings . These being; Hatters Wood 14/5/1980, Priory 28/5/1987and the scrub area (ex Rugby pitch) 19/5/1994 (remained for 2 days)

In 2005 I discovered (or was reminded) that Ernie Herbert had in fact recorded the Fir Wood bird during its stay. The recording was made in the dead of night and preserved on tape, Thanks to Ernie you can now hear it yourself.

Download the file and sing it to me