A natural framed picture in an ancient woodland
At the end of a woodland path, the view into open farmland forms an apparent window across which a tree has fallen creating a living framed picture. Birch Wood, near Bardney, Lincolnshire.
In 'Birch Wood', I saw only fallen birches, which seem to have been replaced largely with native beech (Fagus sylvatica) trees. Along with the Small-Leaved Lime (Tilia cordata) trees, Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur) also predominates.
The Lincolnshire Limewoods are scattered remnants of ancient woodland, the largest area of woodland dominated by Small-leaved Lime in Britain. The species was thought to have been introduced to Britain but is now considered to have been native.
Date taken: 02 May 2014.