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Fludes Lane Woodland

Fludes Lane is a linear woodland linking the A6 in Oadby to the wider countryside. A path runs through the woodland following the course of the Washbrook.

Visiting Fludes Lane in spring

In spring, as the temperature rises and daylight lengthens, the woodlands start coming into their own. Blackthorn blossoms first, followed by vivid yellow lesser celandine and purple ground ivy along the banks of the Washbrook. The first flowers to emerge in spring are mainly yellow as this is the main colour that attracts insects for an early nectar source. Later in spring frothy white cow parsley, hawthorn and red campion smother the edges of the path. Bumblebees forage for nectar and pollen and speckled wood butterflies bask in sunny spots.

Listen carefully as you walk through Fludes Lane and you might hear the territorial song of chiffchaff and blackcap, accompanying the resident birdsong of robin, chaffinch, wren, dunnock and nuthatch. Blackbird, song thrush and goldfinch can also be seen in the wood, with occasional mallard, little egret and grey wagtail utilising the stream. Ash and oak are the main woodland trees in Fludes Lane with an understory of wild cherry, hawthorn, blackthorn, field maple and elder.

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