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There is no better way to spend a summer afternoon than by taking a stroll through a beautiful woodland, especially when you are accompanied by a dedicated naturalist who can point out the incredible diversity of species along the way!

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Small mammal footprints, bird’s eggs, squirrels and caterpillars were all very spotted quickly by this afternoon’s dedicated bunch of young wildlife detectives.

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While examining a fallen tree, naturalist Gill showed the students a distinctive ball-shaped fungus known as King Alfred’s cakes, named because it resembles burnt cakes (burnt, as legend has it, by King Alfred himself). Gill explained that this species is also known as ‘cramp balls’ as it was once believed that this fungus protected against cramp and men used to carry them around in their pockets for this reason!

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Gill then went on to explain the important role that dead wood plays in a forest ecosystem, providing food for many of the invertebrate inhabitants. These invertebrates in turn make a tasty snack for a badger!

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