Langley Wood National Nature Reserve



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Langley Wood NNR is a large area of ancient oak woodland which marks the northern boundary of the New Forest. The reserve has a variety of woodland habitats, woodland birds, and rare lichens living on the older trees. The oak wood is vitally important for wildlife, and rare, wet alder woodland can also be found along its watercourses and streams. The site is home to a wide range of insects including some rare butterflies, beetles and moths. Almost 600 species of fungi have been found in the wood as well as dormice, bats and rare plants like yellow bird’s nest. It’s also an excellent habitat for woodland birds including cuckoo, hawfinch, nightjar, redstart, wood warbler, spotted flycatcher, lesser spotted woodpecker and tree pipit. In autumn, the woods echo with the roaring sound of the rutting stags among the large herds of deer which are found within the wood.

Langley Wood National Nature Reserve


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A land shrouded in mystery, myth and legend, Wiltshire evokes images of ancient stone circles, white chalk horses carved into hillsides, crop circles and the forbidden, empty landscape of Salisbury Plain. To many M4 and A303 drivers heading out of London through the clutter of the Thames Valley, Wiltshire is where the landscape opens out and rural England begins.

Wiltshire’s charm lies in the beauty of its countryside. The expansive chalk landscapes of the Marlborough and Pewsey downs and Cranborne Chase inspire a sense of space and freedom, offering miles of uninterrupted views deep into Dorset, Somerset and the Cotswolds. Wiltshire’s thriving market towns and picturesque villages provide worthwhile visits and welcome diversions. Stroll through quaint timbered and thatched villages in the southern Woodford and Avon valleys and explore the historic streets of the stone villages of Lacock, Castle Combe and Sherston. Walk around Salisbury and discover architectural styles from the 13th century to the present and take time to visit the city’s elegant cathedral and fascinating museums. And if all of that isn’t enough, the county is also richly endowed with manor houses, mansions and beautiful gardens.

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