SO8798 : Hawthorn trees in meadows near Compton, Wolverhampton

taken 5 years ago, near to Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, Great Britain

Hawthorn trees in meadows near Compton, Wolverhampton
Hawthorn trees in meadows near Compton, Wolverhampton
This is in the Smestow Valley Nature Reserve by the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal near Wolverhampton. It is easily and freely accessible from many places. The hawthorn blossom is very fine this year.
Smestow Valley Nature Reserve
Much of the woodland in the reserve has developed since the area was acquired from British Rail in the 1970s. The trackbed is now a wide linear walkway from Oxley to near Kingswinford.
The fields were formerly used for agriculture but now support a mixture of grassland and scrub. The site supports more than 50 species of breeding bird and has hosted over 170 bird species in total. These include buzzard, snipe, reed bunting and lesser spotted woodpecker. The site also supports other wildlife including great crested newt, badgers, and Daubenton bats, while otters have been seen around the reserve and in the adjacent canal. In the meadow areas there are many plants including birds foot trefoil, black knapweed and cuckoo flower.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 17 May, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 26 May, 2014
Geographical Context
Grassland  Suburb, Urban fringe  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 8794 9847 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.0341N 2:10.7655W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 8792 9845
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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