United Kingdom Fordham Woods

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Andrew Sharpe

About This Spot

Fordham Woods is cared for by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire and is a wet valley woodland with stands of alder trees, a habitat now rare in Cambridgeshire. It once formed part of the fen stretching past Fordham, and villagers would have cut reed for thatching and wood for fuel. Alder, specially adapted to waterlogged ground, dominates the wettest places. It is our only native broadleaved tree to produce cones, and supports more than 90 insect species and many different fungi. The alders are interspersed with willows, poplars and ash. Large bushes of dark-leaved willow are found here – one of its few southern sites.

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