This is the route of the new trail.
Start just east of Ch. Pruche by the first birch tree (NO dogs!) and walk anti-clockwise; circle the field following the line of birch trees. Pause at the stone bench and then go north along Birch Tree Alley. At the Orange trail turn left, watch the birds in the Branchery on your right. A little further on turn left again into a small glade, descend the glade, turning left at the bottom through a short leafy passageway to reach The Copse
- Chalet Pruche
- The “Branchery”
- The Wildlife Copse
Walking the Trail
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The Wildlife Berry Copse
The Copse offers a feast of berries and other fruits to the forest birds that will last from early summer (Amelanchier canadensis – Serviceberry) right through into the winter snows (Ilex verticillata – Winterberry).
At the beginning, the trees and bushes are small and well spaced but in the years to come they will grow in height and width to merge together, thus offering the birds not only a huge amount of valuable food but also shelter from the weather and predators. The central tree is an American Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) that in years to come will attain a height of over sixty feet and be home to potentially hundreds of species of birds and insects.
All of the plants in the Copse are ones you can grow in your own gardens to attract wildlife.