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Oakdene Woods

This wood in Holbrook, Gosport (grid ref: SU 589 025) is sandwiched between Tichborne Way, a disused railway line and a local housing estate. It is a fragment of semi-ancient natural woodland with some ancient woodland elements. Oakdene Woods is now a copse of around 1 ha, but used to be larger in the 18th century. It is a small urban woodland but it is important in terms of the local landscape character, as a wildlife habitat and as a public recreation facility.

The woodland is dominated by large oak trees with a shrub layer of hawthorn and hazel. Bramble and honeysuckle are also present. Spring is the best time of year to visit as the wild flowers are at their best with good displays of lesser celandines and bluebells.

Butterflies can also be spotted in the sunny glades ranging from brimstones to speckled woods.

Most of the common woodland bird species can be found including nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker. Mammals at Oakdene Woods include protected species e.g. pippistrelle bats and badgers. Roe deer have been seen browsing in the copse. A bank runs along the east side of the woodland that does contain flora that suggests this is an old historical wood bank rather than relating to the disused railway.

The woodland is used regularly by dog walkers from the local neighbourhood.

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