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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Knapp and Paper Mill Nature Reserve (plus a new venture)





A few months back we visited the peaceful spot that is the Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve run by the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Warm spring sunshine, birdsong, and a toddler happy to wander were a good combination for a lovely Sunday morning.

I recently joined the team of writers at This is Your Kingdom (if you haven't visited the website before, do! It's jam-packed with so many lovely recommendations of things to do and places to visit) and my first article for them is now up on the site. I can see that writing for TiYK is going to be a very good excuse for visiting lots of lovely local places, and taking lots and lots of photos. I can't wait! I've included the article in this post, or you can also read it here

Just a few miles along a winding lane leading out of Worcester lies the Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve. A little secret slice of wildlife and woodland.

It was spring and our wander began in the old apple orchard where we saw trees laden with mistletoe and encrusted with sage green lichen. Robins darted from branch to branch, while butterflies visited the piles of apples carpeting the floor beneath each tree.
From here, we walked to the daffodil field (so called because it was previously used for commercial daffodil growing), which is now covered in wild flowers and grasses. Edged with woodland on one side and Leigh Brook on the other, it’s a peaceful spot. All we could hear was the background rush of the weir, the distant hammering of woodpeckers and the buzzing of sleepy bees drawn out by the spring warmth. With the sun on our faces, it was a great way to spend a Sunday morning.
The path continues along the winding brook, through woodland, past the site of the old mill, and back down to the orchard again. There’s plenty of space for little ones to explore and run about, plus the added lure of spotting the various birds and animals that frequent the reserve.
We didn’t walk the full trail as little toddler legs were getting tired, but now it’s summer, we’re looking forward to returning to see the orchids in the wild flower meadows and to try and spot kingfishers. And this time we’ll go armed with a picnic as there’s a lovely picnic area just before you reach the orchard.

3 comments:

  1. How have I never heard of this place?

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    1. I'd never heard of it until I stumbled upon the WWT website quite accidentally. It's a beautiful spot, do go!

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  2. Oh wow, that website is amazing! How I wish they covered Pennsylvania! The little babe and I are always visiting places in our area - this would be the perfect job for me! She looks like such a big girl with her backpack on.

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