Brackett's Coppice

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Brackett's Coppice

Brackett's Coppice

The woodland supports the rare and protected dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius and several bats have been recorded within the wood, namely grey long-eared bat Plecotus austriacus, brown long-eared bat Plecotus auritus,whiskered bat Myotis mystacinus and Natterer’s bat Myotis nattereri all of which are protected.
The woodland supports a diverse breeding bird community typical of western oak woods and includes lesser-spotted woodpecker Dendrocopus minor, buzzard Buteo buteo,wood warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix (pictured) mistle thrush Turdus miscivorus and nuthatch Sitta europaea
Occasional breeding species are pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca, redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus and spotted flycatcher Muscicarpa striata.Three local species breed in the stream valley namely grey wagtail Motacilla cinerea, dipper Cinclus cinclus and kingfisher Alcedo atthis.
The range and intimacy of the grassland, fen-meadows, woodland and streams supports a rich and diverse invertebrate fauna, many of the species being rare or scarce and restricted to ancient woodlands and old pasture.A rich and diverse butterfly fauna is present throughout the site. Three local species, silver-washed fritillary Argynnis paphia, white admiral, Ladoga camillaand and purple hairstreak Quercusia quercus are present within the oak wood whilst the local and declining small pearl-bordered fritillary Boloria selene breeds in the hazel coppice and in glades on the woodland edge.The Nationally Scarce marsh fritillary Euphydryas aurinia
is present in the fen-meadow enclosed within Bracket’s Coppice and the assemblage of more widespread species includes dingy skipper Pyrgus malvae, brown argus Aricia agestis and holly blue Celastrina argiolus.

The woodland supports a diverse fauna of insects associated with decaying wood in old woodland, including the Red Data Book (Nationally Rare) hoverflies Chalcosyrphus eunotus (Vulnerable) and Psilota anthracina (Vulnerable). Nationally Scarce hoverflies present include Xylota abiens, Xylota florum, Sphegina verecunda,Volucella inflata and Criorhina asilica.The Nationally Scarce soldier fly Beris fuscipes and the Nationally Scarce solitary wasp Ectemnius sexcinctus are also present.

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