Forest Walk

A gorgeous autumn day provided the perfect backdrop for a walk around the Hartwoodmyres forest plantation.

Some of the younger spruce trees that have been planted.

Young-spruce-trees

Looking down an internal line of the forest plantation.  The forest is so deep with these mature trees, very little light gets in and when you call out there is an impressive echo!

Forest-plantation

We spotted these bright jewels of a toadstool on the fringes of the forest.  There were quite a few of them nestled in the moss between the rows of trees.  I believe they are a type of Amanita fungi but will seek clarification on this.  The scene was reminiscent of a pixie cartoon.  (admin note: We have secured identification on these fungi! Thanks to First Nature: they are Russula emetica - The Sickener)

Toadstool-amanita

 

Fungi

The Yarrow (Achillia millefolium) was still flowering.

Yarrow

Not sure what type of bumble bee this is but at least it was putting the Ragwort to good use! #HappyPolinators

Ragwort

Where they harvest the trees, it does look like a scar on the landscape but it is remarkable just how quickly new trees are planted and the speed of their growth.

Forest-Harvest

 

The Heather (Calluna vulgaris) has finished it's purple display of flowers and now hosts dew covered cobwebs.

Heather-Calluna-vulgaris

The timber harvest is stacked up ready to go.

Timber-Harvest

We lost count of all the logs!

Log-Stack

Knapweed was growing and flowering on the verge of the track.

Lesser-Knapweed-wildflowers