Clowes Wood, Warwickshire 5th July 2020recording general
Clowes Wood, a Warwickshire Wildlife Trust reserve, situated 5 miles south of Solihull, is one of the richest areas of ancient woodland in the county. The last survey in 2011 found Melampyrum pratense (Common Cow-wheat), Lathyrus linifolius (Bitter-vetch), Solidago virgaurea (Goldenrod) and Equisetum sylvaticum (Wood Horsetail), plus a good mix of sedges that are now rare in the rest of the county. There is also a boggy area in the centre of the wood where Oreopteris limbosperma (Lemon–scented Fern), Viola palustris (Marsh Violet), Cirsium dissectum (Meadow Thistle) and Dactylorhiza maculata (Heath Spotted–orchid) were found growing. These last two species have recently disappeared from two nearby meadows and it would be interesting to see if they are still there.
We will meet at 10 a.m. in the car park by the recreation ground and children’s play area at SP11017391, which is on the Engine Pool side of Malthouse Lane, which passes between the two Earlswood Reservoirs. We will walk to the reserve from here. Note that this is not the official reserve car park in Wood Lane, at SP101743 which is very small. Walking boots or wellies are advised.