Habitats and Trails at Golden Stable Wood

We found out what sort of activities and walks the centre had to offer.  We were told that they offered lots of different walks to see a variety of environmental features.

Trails

There are seven different trails to do at Golden Stable Wood these are:

Trees and Woodlands in which you will need to stop 10 times and will take up to 60 to 90 minutes

Habitats in which you will need to stop 10 times and will take up to 60 to90 minutes

Processes of Life in which you can choose 2 or 3 stops in a time of 90 minutes

Food and farming this trail will need 10 stops in a time of 60 to 90 minutes

The Effects of Man and this will need 6 stops and will take 40 to 60 minutes

Water Trail will need 8 stops and this in a time of 60 to 75 minutes

Purple Moorhen trail is a shorter woodland and water trail with beautiful bluebells and other species of flower in season. This will take to a time of 60 minutes.

Warden Led Trails

Down on the Farm a trail looking at work being done on a farm at the time. This trail will take 60 to 90 minutes

Tracks Trails and Signs. There is a wide range of trails and evidence left behind by creatures in the wild. This trail can be any length, and you can also see the forestry around the area

Open Trails On this trail you may do any subject of your choice e.g.: Texture, colour, sound, materials, nature, measuring etc. This can take any amount of time.

Survival Trail to test initiative, teamwork, adaptability and knowledge of surviving in the wild etc. This is a great option for the winter months

Habitats

There are many animal habitats at Golden Stable Wood. You can view them on many of the trails listed above.

Birds

You can find many species of bird including the sparrow hawk, the grey heron, the green sand piper, the red wing, woodpecker, kingfisher, tawny owl, the meadow pipit, the linnet and the skylark.

Many of the birds have been fitted with a lightweight metal, individually numbered leg ring.

There are over 50 nest boxes situated here for the use of the birds. Each box is carefully monitored through stages of development.

Pond Life

All of the 18 ponds around the wood provide perfect breeding areas for amphibians. These are cold-blooded vertebrate animals that need to return to water to breed.

In springtime amphibians start to appear in ponds, this is why it is a good idea to go on the water trail in the spring.

Mammals

Lots of mammals live at Golden Stable Wood including foxes, badgers, rabbits, squirrels, deer and mice. You can see evidence of many of these on the Habitats trail. You can also plaster cast an animal’s footprint by pouring plaster of Paris into a mould set on the ground on top of a print.