Tudeley is a lovely wood to walk through in spring time. The woodland floor is beginning to carpet with newly emerged bluebells, wood anemones and early purple orchids. Primroses can be seen emerging along the rides and you will start to experience the aroma of wild garlic along the woodland streams.

Birds seen in the woodland in the last few weeks include woodcock near decoy pond, small mixed flocks of marsh tits, blue, coal, great and long tailed tits. A group of 20-30 siskin were seen feeding on alders and larch in Pembury heath and a lesser spotted woodpecker was seen in Brakeybank. Up to 4 buzzards have been seen displaying over the woods and a kestrel has been seen hunting over Sandhill farm field.

On the heathland ridge a Dartford warbler was heard and seen flitting between the stands of heather and a stone chat was seen perching and feeding to.

Skylarks are beginning to sing over Yewtree field and several green woodpeckers have been seen feeding on the ants nests on the field.

Keep an eye out for the first reptiles and butterflies as it starts to get warmer

Please let us know of any sightings you may have on the reserve. 

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