If you go down to the woods today…

teddy bear's picnic poster 2015

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise!

A Teddy Bear’s Picnic!


The friends of Dacres Wood Nature Reserve are having an open day on Saturday, 30th May. Not just any old open day, but a teddy bear’s picnic theme.
There will be lots of great activities for children and we would love you to join us. The reserve will be open from 12-3pm and entry is free. Refreshments will be on sale.

Why not come along and bring a picnic to enjoy in our meadow?


Updated plant list

Many thanks to Peter Robinson for producing this current species list for us.

An Excel version can be downloaded from this link

Species NameFollow links for Wikipedia pages Common Name Photo taken in Dacres Wood
Acer pseudoplatanus Sycamore
Aegopodium podagraria Ground-elder
Aesculus hippocastanum Horse Chestnut  Horse chestnut - fully in flower
Alliaria petiolata Garlic Mustard
Anisantha sterilis Barren Brome
Anthriscus sylvestris  Cow Parsley  Cow parlsey
Arrhenatherum elatius False Oat-grass
Arum maculatum Lords and Ladies  Arum lily
Aucuba japonica Spotted Laurel ‘crotonifolia’
Camelia sp. Camelia
Cardamine flexuosa Wavy Bittercress
Carex pendula Sedge
Cirsium arvense Creeping Thistle
Corylus avellana Hazel
Crataegus monogyna Hawthorn
Cyclamen sp. Cyclamen sp.
Dactylis glomerata Cocksfoot
Dryopteris filix-mas  Male-fern
Elytrigia repens Common Couch
Epilobium hirsutum Great Willowherb
Equisetum arvense Field Horsetail
Fagus sylvatica Common Beech
Fallopia japonica Japanese Knotweed
Ficaria verna Lesser Celandine
Fraxinus excelsior Ash
Galium aparine Cleavers
Geranium robertianum Herb Robert
Geum urbanum Wood Avens  Wood avens
Glyceria maxima Reed Sweet-grass
Hedera helix Ivy
Hordeum murinum Wall Barley
Hyacinthoides hispanica Spanish Bluebell
Hyacinthoides non-scripta Native Bluebell  Bluebells - looking more native than Spanish
Ilex aquifolium Holly  Holly flower (male)
Iris Pseudacorus Yellow Flag Iris
Juncus effusus Soft Rush  Soft rush
Lolium perenne Perennial Rye-grass
Lonicera sp. Honeysuckle  Honeysuckle (I think)
Mentha aquatica Water mint Water mint
Poa annua Annual Meadow-grass
Potentilla sp. Potentilla sp.
Prunus avium Cherry
Prunus laurocerasus Cherry Laurel
Quercus ilex Holm Oak
Quercus robur Pedunculate Oak
Quercus serris Turkey Oak
Ranunculus repens Creeping Buttercup
Rhododendron sp. Rhododendron sp.
Rosa sp. Rose  Wild rose seedling
Rubus fruticosus agg. Bramble
Rumex obtusifolius Broad-leaved Dock
Rumex sanguineus Wood Dock
Salix sp. Willow
Sambucus nigra Elder  Elder nearly in flower
Senecio jacobaea Common Ragwort
Taraxacum officinale agg. Dandelion
Taxus baccata Yew
Tilia x europaea Lime
Ulmus procera English Elm
Urtica dioica Common Nettle
Veronica hederifolia Ivy-leaved Speedwell

Birds in Dacres Wood

Called in at Dacres Wood briefly on Saturday. Surprised and delighted to hear my first calling chiffchaff on the reserve, as well as the beautiful singing of Blackcap, a not infrequent bird in Silverdale gardens but rarely heard in Dacres Wood. Strange that both are not encountered more often given the abundance of insects in the reserve.

Spring Feast, May 17th

You are invited to meet Claudio Bincoletto, farmer, chef, forager and environmental expert, on his visit to Dacres Wood Nature Reserve, and share in an experiment in sustainable local production of oyster mushrooms.

(Note – there is an entrance fee for this event)


Photo: Amy Murrell

10.30 – 12.00

Claudio will talk about his work, and how responsible foraging can help us all.  There will also be a nature walk and activities for children, let by Ema Felix of Secret Adventurers

12.30 – 2.00

Preparing and eating Risotto primavera and Wild herb frittata.  Claudio will be using wild herbs sourced from the reserve and a neighbouring garden.  Only 20 servings will be possible, but guests are welcome to bring their own picnic as well.

2.30 – 3.30

Fungus workshop.  Claudio will be preparing recently felled sycamores for the production of oyster mushrooms by drilling them with 200/250 inoculated plugs.  There will also be opportunities to help our conservation volunteering for those suitably dressed.


  • Entrance £5 adults, children free
  • Risotto primavera £5 – limited to 20
  • Oyster mushroom plug sponsorship – £1 per plug

Plug sponsors will be entitled to a share of any mushrooms we produce – which can be expected to last from 2016 – 2018 – so please stay in touch!

Find out more about Claudio on line – for example here talking to BBC Food

Your contributions, and any donations, will go to support the work of the Friends of Dacres Wood.

Other local groups will be joining us, so join us to find out more about your local community.

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10.30 Talk by Claudio

10.30 Nature walk and children's activities

12.30 Servings of risotto primavera please!

12.30 There for lunch - not needing risotto

2.30 Fungus workshop

2.30 Children for afternoon walk

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Weather conditions – e.g. high winds – may result in cancellation for safety reasons, in which case another date will be provided.

There is a risk of slipping or tripping when visiting the actual reserve, to which there is no disabled access.  Visitors much wear sturdy footware and other appropriate dress.

No one should attempt to enter the pond.

Contact with vegetation or wildlife may trigger allergic reactions

Children under 12 years old must remain the direct responsibility of an accompanying adult.

A formal risk assessment has been prepared by Claudio Bincolleto as required by his Public Liability insurance, and will form the basis for advice to be given before entering the reserve.