As you wind along the line from Bishops Lydeard to Stogumber, you will find yourself passing through some beautiful broad-leaf woodland, which, during the winter, becomes a habitat for a host of magical creatures as part of our ‘Winterlights’ experience. For the remainder of the year, it provides a safe home for slightly less magical, but nonetheless still beautiful creatures such as foxes, badger and deer.
Woodlands play an essential role in addressing climate change, absorbing around a third of the carbon dioxide emitted by cars every year. Despite this, the UK is actually one of the least wooded countries in Europe and our woodlands are constantly under threat from development, air pollution and disease, making it even more essential that such habitats are protected.
Broadleaved woods differ, depending on location. The soil, altitude and any nearby water can influence the species that thrive there. Along our line, you can expect to see trees such as oak, ash, hazel and beech as well as a wide range of wildflowers and fungi. The oak alone can support huge numbers of invertebrates as well as the birds and mammals that depend on them.