Grubbins Wood

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Grubbins Wood: A feature of the wood today are the stands of yew which grow on extremely thin soils and cast a deep shade year round so that little can grow beneath. Elsewhere oak, birch and ash are common and the less common small leaved lime and wild service tree can be found. On thicker soils, bluebell, dog's mercury and wild garlic can be seen in the spring. Lancastrian whitebeam, known only from the Morecambe Bay limestones, grows on the low cliffs above the shore. The dark, damp microclimate of the wood make it suitable for ferns and 24 species have been recorded here. The nature reserve has two areas of grassland, Pickles Meadow and Sands Field. Pickles Meadow is more diverse and has dropwort, betony, salad burnet, bird's foot trefoil and lady's bedstraw. The fields are grazed annually to maintain, and hopefully increase, their diversity.

The reserve has a number of interconnected rides and there is a waymarked path from the New Barns entrance (Pickles Meadow) through the wood to Sands Field and the sailing club (1km/0.6 miles).

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Access is via Red Hills Road and New Barns Road.


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