This is a google earth map of Ninewells wood It is a good idea to make a note of all the species you see in the first few visits to a new habitat so that in a few years time and latter you can compare back to your starting point and see if anything has changed. This is especially important if you are going to undertake any management as then you can make an assessment as to whether the management has been beneficial or not. The photo below was taken in 2013 not long after we purchased the wood. This wood was predominantly Corsican Pine when we bought it in 2013 and the Pines were about 50 to 55 years old and more than ready to be felled. It is my intention to attempt to turn this woodland into a mixed woodland and it may return to something approaching ancient woodland, however that will be for future generations to see and enjoy, maybe. So here is the species list subdivided into Trees, Shrubs, Field layer and Ground layer. Also species in italics have been seen after the felling was completed. Species which I have seen in the wider area of Ninewells wood but not actually in our piece known as Catbrook wood are in Red
TREE LAYER. Beech, Oak, Silver Birch, Rowan, Wild Cherry. There is one Larch and one Sycamore and two Scott’s Pine. There now remain just 3 Corsican pines from the previous plantation, Sweet Chestnut. Crab apple. (various planted conifers) Ash
FIELD LAYER Broad Buckler Fern (Dryopteris dilatata), Scaly Male Fern (Dryopteris affinis), Hard Fern (Blechnum spicant), Polypody (Polypodium interjectum), Bracken (Pteridium aquilinium), Black Spleenwort (Asplenium adiantum-nigrum), Hearts tongue Fern (Phyllitis scolopendrium)
Also see (wild flower photo page)
Bilberry, Bluebell, Wood Sorrel, Wood Anemone, Stitchwort, Red Campion, Foxglove, (Yellow Archangel) Rosebay Willow Herb, Wood sage, Heather (Calluna vulgaris) Stinging Nettle, Ground Ivy, Selfheal, Ribwort Plantain, Cleavers, Herb Robert, Figwort.
Sorrel, Heath Bedstraw, Lords and Ladies, Dandelion, Bitter cress, Ladies Smock, Climbing Corydalis, Mouse eared chickweed, Tormentil, Lesser Hawkbit, Wood violet, Ragged Robin, Slender St John’s Wort, Creeping St John’s Wort, Marsh Thistle, Birds foot trefoil, Bell Heather
Spotted Marsh orchid, Enchanters nightshade, Dogs Mercury, Ramsons, White Daisy, Pennywort, Lesser Spearwort
(Unfortunately the Yellow Archangel is a garden cultivar, a variegated version.)
Hairy Woodrush. Heath Woodrush, Common Yellow Sedge, Soft Rush, Compact Rush, Yorkshire Fog, Fescue (Greater?) Sweet Vernal Grass, Common Bent, Hairs tail Cotton-grass.
GROUND LAYER. Polytrichum, Hypnum, Eurynchium, Funaria hygrometrica, Mnium hornum, Marchantia, Rhytidiadelphus
Earth Balls, Amaniata muscari, Candle snuff, Brown Roll rim (Paxillus), Wood blewit, Bay bolete (Boletus badius) Russula ochroleuca, Birch Polypore, Red Cracking Bolete (Boletus chrysenteron) Honey fungus, Orange peel fungus, Amanita pantherina
BIRDS AND ANIMALS Due to the dense growth of Corsican pine this woodland has not supported much wildlife, infact the majority of species are seen around the perimeter where there are some reasonable deciduous species. This will hopefully change now the Pines have been felled.
Robin, Great Tit, Wood Pigeon, Crow, Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Wren, Jay.
Great Spotted Woodpecker May 2014, Barn Swallow May 2014, Tree creeper May 2014, Green Woodpecker Sept 2014, Grey Wagtail Sept 2014, Dunnock 2014
Nuthatch Jan 2015, Blue Tit Jan 2015, Song Thrush Jan 2015, Magpie Jan 2015, Collared Dove Jan 2015,Chaffinch Jan 2015, Long tailed tit Feb 2015, Mallard duck Feb 2015, Sparrowhawk March 2015, Pied Wagtail April 2015, Cuckoo 30th April 2015, Bullfinch June 2015, Redwing Dec 2015, Coal Tit, Goldcrest.
Peregrine Falcon April 2016, Grey Heron April 2016, Tree Pipit April 2016, Redstart May 2016, Nightjar July 2016 Red Kite December 2017 Woodcock Feb 2017 Blackcap May 2018 Willow warbler June 2018
Roe Deer May 2014, Fallow Deer May 2014, Red Deer May 2014, Fox. Sept 2014, Wild Boar Sept/Oct 2014,
Badger March 2015, Stoat June 2015,
Wood mouse Oct 2016.
INVERTEBRATES; Banded snail, Small Cabbage White. May 2014 Hornet. Feb 2015 Peacock April 2015, Brimstone April 2015, Orange Tip April 2015, Vapourer moth June 2015, Meadow Brown June 2015, Small Tortoiseshell July 2015, Hawker Dragonfly July 2015, Ringlet July 2016, Small Copper August 2016 Oak beauty moth March 2017 Red Admiral July 2017, Gatekeeper July 2017, Essex Skipper July 2017, Green Veined White July 2017, GreenTiger Beetle July 2017,Comma August 2017, Holly Blue August 2017, Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle June 2018, Speckled Wood June 2018
I think Catbrook wood was ancient woodland until about 1920** and then along with a lot of Forestry activity after the first world war, it was felled and planted with conifers, these were then felled in the late 1960′s and replanted, so that by 2014 the present Corsican pines would be about 55 years old. They were then felled, by us.
** Recently (2017) I have changed my mind and think it may have been heathland prior to being planted up with conifers at sometime in the early 20th century. See Ninewells wood; A bit more history Also Hairs tail Cotton-grass