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Trip to Jackson's Coppice

31st May 2016 @ 6:06am – by Berenice & Frank Shenton
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AWEG Trip to Jacksons Marsh & Coppice 27th May
A sunny, dry morning is always welcome for such trips and so there was a good feel about the morning even before AWEG (Audlem Wildlife & Ecology Group) set off on the relatively short journey to Jackson's Marsh and Coppice which lies not far from Eccleshall.

Arriving at the small car park we found an interesting site with three distinct yet closely linked elements, which can be explored in whatever order one chooses.

Adjoining the car park is a natural wild meadow and from its pathway we saw an abundance of wild flowers and grasses, which the expert or amateur botanist may observe, identify and enjoy.

The highlights of the day included Meadow and Bulbous Buttercups, Red Clover, Red Campion, Common Mouse- ear, Yellow Rattle and Stitchwort and many grasses just coming to flower.

Crossing the lane at the far end of the meadow we entered the Coppice with abundant ancient tree species, woodland birds and in places a carpet of bluebells lining the woodland walk. The Coppice also contains a long established, extensive and active badger set.

From the nearer end of the meadow a short path led us into the Marsh area, which for the convenience of the visitor has a well – constructed boardwalk from which to observe numerous marsh loving plants, trees and wildlife which includes otters in the infant River Sow.

Here we saw Tussock Sedge, 'opposite leaved' Golden Saxifrage, Large Bittercress, Marsh Marigold and many Alder trees.

A visit at a different time in the year would yield other species of wild flora and insects such as dragonflies which are yet to emerge but having spent a couple of hours or more exploring the whole site we were ready for refreshment.

Setting off through Walkmill and on towards Copmere we arrived at The Star Inn, where we enjoyed a good lunch along with plenty of lively conversation before our return to Audlem in mid- afternoon.


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