Thornton Wood

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Thornton Wood: Part of an ancient woodland SSSI. The woodland is largely ash and oak with hazel and hawthorn in the understorey. There is also a pond and a stream. The reserve occupies 15.41 acres (6.24ha.)

The woodland contains pedunculate oak, sycamore, wych elm and alder. The base of the valley is very marshy, characterised by plants such as water plantain, golden saxifrage and reed canary grass. In the drier areas you can find foxglove, wood sage, bluebell and other woodland species.

The woodland supports a fairly diverse collection of woodland birds. Badgers breed in the area, and other small mammals have been recorded. A series of alder feeding lepidoptera (butterflies) have been recorded including the dingy shell and small yellow wave, these species are very local in Cheshire. The dead wood supports a variety of beetles and other invertebrates.

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Thornton Wood lies astride the M53 along the Clatterbeck Brook, south of Bebington


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