Why is it you tend to travel to lots of places but miss the treasures that are close to home. I am guilty of this, I have never been to Girdler’s Coppice at Fiddleford two miles down the road from home. I have only known of it’s existence for a short while, I have been to Piddles Wood on the other side of the road many times, so I thought it was about time I had a look.
I wasn’t sure how to get there for a start, I knew exactly where it was but I wasn’t sure how to get in it. A little research on the Dorset Wildlife Trust website, who manages the coppice and I worked out how to get there. Parking in the Fiddleford Mill car park and then diagonally across the field to the coppice, although I did manage to go through the Lavender Farm project field! Anyway I found the gate and I was there. It is not visited too much as the rides were pretty grown in but passable with no human tracks so a really nice reserve, although you do hear the traffic as it is very close to the main road, but you soon forget that as you explore the coppice which was much bigger than I expected.
I spent a couple of hours enjoying the small things flying around the coppice. The Silver Washed Fritillaries were looking quite tatty, such a shame as they are such beautiful butterflies. The Speckled Wood on the other hand looked perfect with lovely dark colouring. Nice to see the Brimstones I haven’t seen too many of them this year. Lots of things to see and I’m looking forward to returning soon, as it’s so close to home!