The Elms is a small plantation and one of the only areas of woodland within our reserves. It houses tree species such as Scots Pine, Oak, Elm, Ash and Sycamore. Here you may also come across some more woodland specific species such as Firecrests and Goldcrests. The Elms was planted as a refuge for migrating birds coming in off the coast as an area to rest and feed.
In summer, the increased foliage provides a home for species such as Jay, Sparrowhawk, and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. The Elms is a great spot for Comma and Speckled Wood butterflies.
Autumn is a good time to look for Flycatchers, both Pied and Spotted, and look out for ‘continental’ Coal Tits in the conifers. Goldcrests can be abundant and later on you may find a striking Pallas’s Warbler moving darting around with the. You may also find interesting invertebrate species such as the Southern Hawker dragonfly and Willow Emerald Damselfly, which are both species that prefer woodland than water bodies.
In winter, large groups of tit species are often seen here and groups of Goldfinches (and occasionally Siskins and Lesser Redpolls) feed in the tops of the trees. The dead wood and undergrowth provides opportunities for fungi to grow and lots of species can be found.