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Woodside Playing Fields

The playing fields offer large areas of open grassland, and a number of mature trees are dotted around the grounds.  Daffodils, crocus and bluebells provide colour in the spring, especially in the adjacent Albans Wood, a small area of semi-ancient woodland dating back to at least 1600, which is planted with mature beech and oak, and supports a rich variety of wildlife.  Muntjac deer, red fox and grey squirrel can be seen in the wood, and birds include nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker and tree creeper; chiffchaff and blackcap in the spring.  Pipistrelle and noctule bats can be spotted on the bat walks.  

Albans Wood  is to the west of the playing fields. It was declared a local Nature Reserve on 21 June 2006.  If you would like to become a member of the Friends of  Woodside  Playing Fields and get involved in erecting bat and bird boxes, clean-up and planting days, please contact Community Services on 01923 278333.

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