TQ0234 : Wey South Path, Fir Tree Copse

near to Dunsfold, Surrey, Great Britain

Wey South Path, Fir Tree Copse
Wey South Path, Fir Tree Copse
Wey South Path
A 36 mile path from Millmead Lock, Guildford to Amberley in West Sussex. The Path follows the towpath of the Godalming Navigation along the River Wey to its confluence with the Wey & Arun Junction Canal, crossing the North Downs Way National Trail near the start. Wherever possible the route follows the towpath, supplemented by paths, roads and disused railway (Downs Link), to reach and continue beside the Arun Navigation to the River Arun whence the path continues to meet the South Downs Way National Trail above Amberley. Several sections of the canals have been restored. The canals were originally built for military purposes to provide a waterway linking the Thames and the south coast, but were soon supplanted by the railways and some sections fell into disrepair.
Fir Tree Copse
Part of the Chiddingfold Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest, which is the single, largest woodland complex on the Weald Clay, Fir Tree Copse is small in size but rich in wildlife and one of the best sites in Surrey for moths.
Comprising of oak and ash with an understorey of hazel coppice, it is particularly worth a visit in spring when the ground flora includes bluebell, wood anemone, yellow pimpernel, dogís mercury, enchanterís nightshade, wood speedwell, pignut and wood sorrel.
Look carefully and you may spot lily-of-the-valley or wild daffodil, which is only found in a few Surrey Wealden woodlands.
Recent surveys have uncovered some real surprises such as the nationally scarce common fan-foot moth, the county rare lichen Thelotrema lepadinum and a new British record for fungus Seticyphella tenuispora. Many of the interesting fungi species are found on rotting log piles in areas where Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) has made charcoal.

Chiddingfold Forest (Sidney Wood) :: TQ0134
Chiddingfold Forest is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in south west Surrey and west Sussex. It lies near Chiddingfold and Dunsfold. The Forestry Commission owns and/or manages some 830 hectares of woodland in the forest complex of which 543.9 hectares is designated SSSI. The site lies within the Low Weald natural area and Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The rare pearl-bordered fritillary grows in the forest. This is an important butterfly egg-laying area. There are also rare moths in this locality including: the Argent & Sable, Common Fan-foot, White-line snout, Waved carpet and Drab looper moth.
Chiddingfold Forest is home to the Bechstein's Bat. Three maternity colonies have been identified which have at least eighty breeding females.
Fir Tree Copse, which lies within the forest is particularly noted for rare moths, lichen and fungi.
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Sunday, 3 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 26 April, 2011
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Paths  Woodland, Forest 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 020 349 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:6.2600N 0:32.6527W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 020 348
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