Burbage Common and Woods

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Burbage Common and Woods consist of 200 acres of woodland, scrub and grassland.
The common once belonged to the manorial estate and was the poorer pasture on which commoners grazed their animals. It is now managed by the Countryside Management Service. The woodlands are probably some of the only remaining parts of Hinckley Forest and date back to mediaeval times. They are still managed by the traditional method of coppicing. This involves the felling of trees and allowing shoots to re-grow from the stumps. This also permits more light to reach the woodland floor, enabling wildflowers to flourish. Fourteen areas in each wood are cut in sequence.
Approximately half the wood is managed in this way, the rest having minimal management. During summer the grass on the common is home to many uncommon flowers and insects, grasshoppers, butterflies and moths among plants such as lady's bedstraw and knapweed. Autumn brings mushrooms and other fungi. Birds include nuthatch, jay and great spotted woodpecker.

England - Central England - Leicestershire - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Public Transport, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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