Rowney Woods had conifers planted in it during the 1950s but is now being returned to native deciduous trees by the Forestry Commission. There are still quite a number of these pine trees around – they stand out particularly well with the large daubs of fluorescent yellow/green paint marking them for felling.

We visited Rowney Woods again today and saw loads of wildlife including a muntjac deer and a small group of fallow deer – needless to say, none were to keen to be photographed! The dragonflies were out in force and there were plenty of other smaller creatures including this Forest Shieldbug (Pentatoma rufipes)

Last Sunday we took a walk in some fantastic woods a short drive from Great Dunmow. Rowney Woods can be found opposite Carver Barracks in Wimbish on the way to Saffron Walden. Maintained by the Forestry Commission they are a haven for butterflies – we saw a number of Ringlets some Yellow Tips and a Red Admiral. There are many deer there as well – we didn’t see any though. On the edge of the wood we came across this:

A huge wash of Purple flowering plants that we think is Viper’s Bugloss, but could be wrong. You’ll note the clouds – they were about to unleash the most enormous downpour on us cutting the walk short.  Just on the edge of these were some crab apple trees already bearing plenty of fruit

Small Crab Apples

Annoyingly this downpour never made it to Dunmow which remained sunny and dry all afternoon.