North Cliffe Wood

North Cliffe Wood

Route: North Cliffe Wood 

Area:  East Yorkshire

Date of walk:  7th May 2021

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 1.2 miles

Weather: Mixed sunshine and clouds

North Cliffe Wood Nature Reserve is managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. It occupies a flat area on the eastern side of the Vale of York, and has a variety of habitats, including mixed broadleaf woodland, reedbed, and areas of lowland heath

The is interest here all year round, the seasonal highlights being

  • Spring: Plants – Bluebell; Greater stitchwort; Primrose; Reptiles – Grass snake; Birds – Chiffchaff
  • Summer: Plants – Cotton grass; Birds – Garden Warbler; Blackcap; Invertebrates – Speckled wood
  • Autumn: Mammals – Fallow deer; Red deer
  • Winter: Birds – Great-spotted woodpecker; Marsh tit; Nuthatch

Today’s visit was timed to enjoy the sight – and scent – of bluebells, which were a little later come into flower than in previous years, possibly on account of recent cold weather

There are a few roadside parking spaces along Sand Lane by the two entrances to the wood and I parked in one of these and followed the track along the western edge of the wood. Within a couple of minutes I was greeted by the spectacle of countless bluebells lining the path

I walked around the perimeter of the wood, as well as a small area of heathland where grass snakes may regularly be seen basking, though I didn’t see any today

I then re-entered the wood, following a path around the edge until I arrived back at the start

I’ve not described the route taken in detail, as navigation is a straightforward affair and it’s best to go where your fancy takes you. For this reason most of the pictures which follow are captionless, but I hope that they convey the beauty of the place. For anyone new to the area, it’s worth making a day of it and visiting the nearby North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve, also managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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