This week 29 members put on their best Lincoln green to visit the Sherwood Forest RSPB Reserve in North Nottinghamshire. This was a first visit for the Society to this reserve which only opened about 2 months ago.
Although the forest covers only a fraction of its extent in Robin Hood’s time, it still includes a large number of very impressive trees, including the Major Oak, perhaps the most famous tree in Britain. The morning sun lit up some delightful autumn foliage with many trees holding on to most of their leaves. This made it a little difficult to get good views of the smaller songbirds, but several species of tits were spotted, along with Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldfinch, Song thrush, Fieldfare and Redwing.
Despite the late time of year , both Red Admiral and Comma butterflies were recorded, and several species of flower were still in bloom, including Red Campion, Herb Robert, Yarrow, Hedge Woundwort and Shepherd’s Purse.
The mushroom experts amongst us had the greatest variety of species to enjoy with over 20 types of fungi recorded. These included some spectacular Fly Agaric, as well as False Death Cap, Honey Fungus, Witch’s Butter, Turkeytail, Wood Blewit, Sulphur Tuft and Ugly Milkcap.
Even without the interesting flora and fauna this would have been an excellent day out in fascinating terrain. A couple of afternoon rain showers failed to spoil the day and rewarded members with a superb complete rainbow on our way back to the Visitor Centre for coffee and cake!