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Woodlands - Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest is an ever-changing tapestry of conifers, deciduous woodland and open spaces, providing a rich and important haven for a whole host of birds, mammals, insects and plants. Some of these species cannot be found anywhere else in Britain.

Dalby Forest - 20 million trees, an incredible sight.

Dalby was once part of the royal hunting forest of Pickering and subsequently became a massive commercial rabbit warren for the fur trade.

Today it is managed by the Forestry Commission and it's a brilliant place to explore during the autumn.

Bat sanctuary

Pipistrelle BatDalby Forest is incredibly large so make sure you allow plenty of time for your visit.

The northern part of the forest lies on an upland plateau whilst the southerly section is criss-crossed by a several valleys, creating a 'rigg and dale' landscape.

The forest is great for a wide variety of woodland wildlife including birds such as the Crossbill, Roe Deer and Badgers.

The forest is also a popular haunt for Common Pipistrelle bats.

As you walk through the forest you'll see small bat boxes high in the trees.

Forest life

Wood MouseDalby is also a great place to see mammals including Deer, Badgers, Otters, Mice and Shrews.

The forest is alive with woodland birds including the Siskin, commonly seen in pine woods.

These little birds are traditionally a bird of the Caledonian pine forest but they have spread south as conifer plantations have sprung up.

Their numbers have really increased - they're real gymnasts with a real skill for hanging upside down.

Fabulous Fungi

FungiDalby Forest is renowned for its fantastic fungi but be careful - many of them are poisonous.

Amongst the many varieties to be found are the Sickener Fungi (with its bright red cap), Mycena (yellow brown) and the Brown Rim (highly poisonous).

Conditions for fungi are great in the autumn due to the damp weather so you're guaranteed a productive fungi foray.

The Forestry Commission runs fungi forays throughout the autumn, when experts are on hand to explain which of these spectacular mushrooms and toadstools are poisonous and which are not.



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