Darch's Wood
Darch's Wood, Little London Road, Cross-In-Hand, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 0LT, England, UK.
W: Darch's Wood website 
©

Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes crucigera

Family: Canidae

Habitat: Farmland, gardens and parks, woodland, heathland, grassland, sand dunes and sea cliffs.

Size: Height 35-50 cm (14-20 in). Length 45-90 cm (18-35 in). Tail 30-56 cm (12-22 in).

Food: Rodents, rabbits, birds, fruit and vegetables, fish, frogs, and worms.

Sound: Vocal range of five octaves. Various barks and screams.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes crucigera) ♀ © MTM MVP VizitIt.com arr

Badger

Meles meles

Family: Mustelidae

Habitat: Woodland and scrub.

Food: Earthworms, insects, fruit, carrion, cereals and fruit.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Badgers are sociable forming groups of around six adults. They are burrowing animals and construct complicated setts which are passed down the generations. They typically emerge late afternoon.

Badger (Meles meles meles) ♀ © MTM MVP VizitIt.com arr

Grey Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis

Family: Sciuridae

Habitat: Woodland and gardens and parks.

Size: Length 23-30 cm (9.1-11.8 in). Tail 19-25 cm (7.5-9.8 in).

Food: Tree bark, buds, berries, seeds, acorns, walnuts, and other nuts, and fungi.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Each grey squirrel makes several thousand small caches of hidden food every summer. Their nests or dreys are made of twigs and leaves often in the forks of trees. They are crepuscular and do not hibernate.

Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) © BirdPhotos.com cc

Hazel Dormouse

Muscardinus avellanarius

Family: Gliridae (Dormice)

Habitat: Woodland and hedgerows.

Food: Mainly hazelnuts but also berries, hornbeam and blackthorn fruit, leaf buds, flowers, and insects such as aphids and caterpillars.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A nocturnal arboreal mammal that looks for food among the branches of trees. In winter it hibernates in nests on the ground.


Hazel Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) © Danielle Schwarz cc

Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

Family: Motacillidae (Pipits and wagtails)

Habitat: Marsh, meadows, rivers and streams and towns and gardens.

Food: Insects.

Voice: Trilling song. Chee-seek call.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Frequently wags its tail hence the name.

Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) ♂ © cc

Wood Pigeon

Columba palumbus

Family: Columbidae (Pigeons and doves)

Habitat: Farmland, gardens and parks and woodland.

Size: Length 38-44.5 cm (15.0-17.5 in)

Food: Cabbages, sprouts, peas, grain, buds, shoots, seeds, nuts and berries.

Voice: Coos to the rhythm of - My coo sounds pretty x 3 - coo.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) © Stefan Berndtsson cc

Chiffchaff

Phylloscopus collybita

Family: Phylloscopidae (Leaf and wing warblers)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, woodland and hedgerows.

Food: Insects from trees and flight.

Voice: Sharp series of chiff chaff sounds. Hoo-eet call.

Season: All year round. Migrants late March to September.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Olive green warbler that gets its name from its distinctive chiff chaff song. The female builds a domed nest on or near the ground.

Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) © photo by SOC

Blackbird

Turdus merula

Family: Turdidae (Thrushes)

Habitat: Woodland and gardens and parks.

Size: Length 23.5-29 cm (9.25-11.4 in).

Food: Insects, earthworms, berries, and fruits.

Voice: Song: rich and melodious.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Blackbird (Turdus merula) ♂ © photo by George Hodan

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos major

Family: Picidae (Woodpeckers and allies)

Habitat: Gardens and parks and woodland.

Food: Insects, nuts and seeds.

Voice: Call sharp kik, kik. Drumming.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Jerky actions. Hops up trees rather than climbs. Easy and undulated flight.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) ♂ © photo by Hans

Blue Tit

Cyanistes caeruleus

Family: Paridae (Tits)

Habitat: Woodland, gardens and parks and hedgerows.

Size: Length 12 cm (4.7 in) Wingspan 18 cm (7.1 in).

Food: Insects, caterpillars, seeds and nuts.

Voice: Tsee-tsee-tsee-tsee-sit. Scolding churr.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Frequently family flocks join up with other tits in the search for food. Acrobatic feeders. They usually nest in tree holes.

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) ♂ © MTM MVP VizitIt.com arr

Robin

Erithacus rubecula

Family: Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, meadows, orchards and woodland.

Size: 12.5-14.0 cm (5.0-5.5 inches)

Food: Worms, insects and berries.

Voice: Warbling song and a harsh tick.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Often territorial, hops rapidly. A friendly bird that will sometimes feed from the hand of someone who is familiar.

Robin (Erithacus rubecula) ♂ © MTM MVP VizitIt.com arr

Green Woodpecker

Picus viridis

Family: Picidae (Woodpeckers and allies)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, grasslands, heathlands and woodland.

Food: Ants.

Voice: Distinctive ringing laugh yah, yah, yah.

Season: All year round. All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Green woodpeckers spend a lot of time eating ants on the ground. They breed in oval holes they peck in dead wood.

European Green Woodpecker ♂ (picus viridis) © Andrei Stroe cc

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos minor

Family: Picidae (Woodpeckers and allies)

Habitat: Gardens and parks and woodland.

Food: Ants.

Voice: Distinctive high-pitched kee, kee, kee.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Spends much time searching for larvae, spiders and wood-boring insects on smaller branches and in the tops of trees.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor) © Thermos cc

Chalkhill Blue

Polyommatus coridon

Family: Lycaenidae (Blue)

Habitat: Lowland calcareous grassland.

Size: Length 18 mm (0.7 in). Wingspan 33-40 mm (1.3- 1.6 in).

Food: Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa).

Flight: Early July to late September.

Females are dark brown. Both male and female have black and white borders.

Chalkhill Blue ♂ (Polyommatus coridon) © Gail Hampshire cc

English Oak

Quercus robur

Family: Fagaceae (Beeches, oaks et al)

Habitat: Woodland, grassland and hedgerows.

Flowering Period: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The English Oak, a large deciduous tree,is also called the pedunculate oak due to its pedunculate (stalked) acorns. Its leaves have a very short stalk 38 mm. It is the most common tree species in the UK with one specimen, the Majesty Oak havinga circumference of 12.2 m.

Bowthorpe Oak in Lincolnshire is estimated to be 1,000 years oldmaking it the oldest in the UK.

It provides a habitat for 170 species.

.

English Oak (Quercus robur) © MTM MVP VizitIt.com arr

Silver Birch

Betula pendula

Family: Betulaceae (Birch)

Habitat: Gardens and parks, grasslands, towns and gardens, woodland, upland birchwoods and wood-pasture and parkland.

Flowering Period: All year round.

Ahardy medium-sized deciduous tree named after its silvery-white peeling bark. The tree's open canopy enables plenty of light to reach the ground for a variety of mosses, grasses and flowering plants to grow which in turn attract insects. Birds often found in birch woodland include the chaffinch, tree pipit, willow warbler, nightingale, robin, woodcock, redpoll and green woodpecker.

Silver Birch (Betula pendula) © MTM MVP VizitIt.com arr
html slideshow
About

Darch's Wood is a 40 acre mixed woodland with an ornamental lake. There are several trails and the wood is very popular with dog walkers.

Cross in Hand Amenities Society maintains Darch's wood. As a registered charity donations are gratefully received to fund important work.

Access to Darch's Wood is free.


Darch's Wood is a designated area - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Facilities at Darch's Wood

Car Park

Charity link
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/Applications/Donations/DonatePredonation.aspx

Places to visit nearby
Heathfield and Waldron Millennium Green   0.49 miles (0.80 km)
Corner of the co-op car park, 110 High Street, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 8JD, England.
PVNImage

The Millennium Green is an area of over five hectares of woodland and wetland connected to the Cuckoo Trail via the old railway tunnel in Heathfield.

Heathfield and Waldron Millennium Green © MTM MVP VizitIt.com arr

Cuckoo Trail   0.74 miles (1.18 km)
Heathfield, East Sussex, England, UK.
PVNImage

The Cuckoo Trail is a 14 mile footpath and cycleway that runs from Heathfield to Hampden Park Eastbourne via Horam, Hellingly and Polegate.

Cuckoo Trail © MTM MVP VizitIt.com arr

New Mill   0.80 miles (1.29 km)
Dad's Hill, Cross-In-Hand, East Sussex, TN21 0TA, England, UK.
PVNImage

New Mill - the old mill went out of action in 1903 - was built at Mount Ephraim in Framfield in the early 19th century and moved to Cross in Hand in 1855.

New Mill © Collin Mitchell pd

Selwyns Wood   1.39 miles (2.23 km)
Off Fir Grove Road, Rosers Cross, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 0QP, England.
PVNImage

Selwyns Wood is 11 hectares (27 Acres) of heathland and woodland valley cared for by Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Selwyns Wood © MTM MVP VizitIt.com arr

Wilderness Wood   2.68 miles (4.31 km)
Wilderness Wood Main Road, Hadlow Down, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 4HJ, England, UK.
PVNImage

Wilderness Wood is 62 acres of chestnut coppice with stands of beech, scots pine, douglas, cedar and giant sequoia.

Wilderness Wood © grassrootsgroundswell cc

Binglett's Wood   3.36 miles (5.40 km)
Upper Greenwoods Lane, Punnett's Town, East Sussex, England, UK.
PVNImage

Bingletts Wood is a 15.86 hectare (39.2 acre) wood with a ghyll woodland, which contains several plants with an Atlantic distribution.

Binglett's Wood © Simon Carey cc

Sussex Farm Museum & Nature Trails   3.45 miles (5.56 km)
Horam Manor Farm, Off Horam High Street, Horam, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 0JB, England, UK.
PVNImage

The Sussex Farm Museum & Nature Trails are based at Horam Manor Farm on the edge of the Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Sussex Farm Museum & Nature Trails © BirdPhotos.com cc

Places to stay nearby
Buxted Park Hotel   5.38 miles (8.66 km)
Station Road, Buxted, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 4AY, England, UK.
PSNImage
Buxted Park Hotel

Premier Inn Eastbourne (Polegate)   9.79 miles (15.75 km)
Eastbourne (Polegate) Premier Inn, Polegate Bypass, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6QL, England, UK,
PSNImage

The Premier Inn Eastbourne (Polegate) is part of the Premier Inn group.

Premier Inn Eastbourne (Polegate)

Dale Hill Hotel Golf Club   9.85 miles (15.85 km)
Dale Hill Hotel Golf Club Dale Hill, Ticehurst, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 7DQ, England, UK.
PSNImage
Dale Hill Hotel Golf Club

Ashdown Park Hotel Country Club   10.91 miles (17.56 km)
Ashdown Park Hotel Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JR, England, UK.
PSNImage
Ashdown Park Hotel Country Club

Powder Mills Hotel   11.46 miles (18.45 km)
Powder Mills Hotel Powdermill Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 OSP, England, UK.
PSNImage
Powder Mills Hotel

Vizit It ~ Love It ~ Save It      © 2019 Vizit It    All rights reserved.
Cookie Policy  Privacy Policy  Terms and Conditions  Contact Us