June 23rd – I notice signs have gone up proclaiming Coppice Wood a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, and quite rightly so. I suspect it’s one of the oldest patch of holly and oak woodlands in the local area. It’s certainly an old wood, and is shown on the oldest maps of the area I have, which refer to it by the rather better name of Goblin’s Wood.
This sits alongside the fact that Jockey Meadows is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, or SSSI, as is most of Chasewater. This recognises the significance of the ecology of the area and affords it additional legal protection.