Points of Interest - Lousehill Copse

Lousehill Copse is divided into two by Dee Road. The larger northern section is known as Comparts Plantation and contains a wide range of woodland set on a steep slope, stretching from Dee Road to Norcot Road. Several streams cut into the slope. In several areas the soil has been removed, probably for clay to make bricks and tiles. Parts of the wood have not been managed for decades but there is evidence of a neglected coppicing regime where hazel was cut for charcoal production. Oak has been planted in some areas and the plantation contains a grove of impressive lime trees.

Not far into the Plantation is a deep pit with very steep sides. This part of the woodland is thick and largely undisturbed and so is teeming with birds. On a good day it is possible to see green and greater spotted woodpeckers, tawny owls and jays.

Above Tay Road is an open grassy meadow with gorse and broom edging the higher edge.

Many parts of the copse have relics of ponds, and are now muddy streams. These boggy areas are home to a variety of rare plants. It is possible to spot the footprints of badgers and deer.

Well into the woodland you can see a beech grove and chestnut trees.