It promises to be a heart-felt February at Sherwood Forest and Budby South Forest.
Get the heart pumping by heading out along the route for the Love Edwinstowe and Sherwood Forest Trail.
The trail returns for a second year with crafted hearts showing the way through the village and up to the National Nature Reserve.
It’s free to take the trail, which starts on 8th February and continues until the 26th of the month.
Edwinstowe artist David Evans is then leading a Willow-Weaving Workshop at Sherwood where participants can create wonderfully crafted hearts from natural materials.
The workshop takes place on Saturday 11th February from 10.30am-12.30pm and costs just £25 per person (£20 for RSPB members).
Also taking place on the day (11am-3pm) will be storytelling, archery and an interactive trail where you may encounter one of Sherwood’s notorious outlaws.
Talking of outlaws, on Valentine’s Day why not take a romantic walk among Sherwood’s ancient oak trees with the first couple of the forest, Robin Hood and Maid Marian (11.30am-1pm)?
Couples (or singletons) can book a place for just £7.50 per person (£6 for RSPB members).
After the romance, it’s time to put down some roots and create a loving home. So, where better than Sherwood to learn how to build a bird box on Saturday 18th February? There will also be a walk in the forest on the lookout for birds, with advice about how best to care for them in your own garden or outdoor space.
It’s just £15 to build the bird box (£12.50 for RSPB members). All materials and tools are provided along with expert construction guidance. The guided walk is also included in the price. Please note that this activity is not recommended for children aged under five.
And then we have the first of our popular bird species guided walks for 2023 when we set out in search of woodpeckers. We have three species which can be found in Sherwood: lesser spotted, great spotted and green.
We can’t guarantee you’ll see one, but you are very likely to hear their unmistakeable drumming at this time of year and possibly catch a glimpse of these stunning birds flitting between the branches in Sherwood’s historic oak and birch woodland.
The Woodpecker Walk takes place on Saturday 25th February at 10.30am and costs £7.50 per person (£6 for RSPB members).
For details of all upcoming events at Sherwood Forest and Budby South Forest go online at www.visitsherwood.co.uk
Notes to editors
Sherwood Forest and Budby South Forest form part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve (NNR), comprised of woodland, wood pasture and heathland in North Nottinghamshire. Sherwood Forest, famously associated with the legend of Robin Hood, typically welcomes around 350,000 visitors per year. It is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of ancient oak trees, with almost 1,000 across the wider Sherwood landscape area, many aged over 500 years old, including the iconic Major Oak.
The reserve today provides a habitat for hundreds of bird, mammal and insect species, as well as trees, plants and fungi. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and part of a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
Since 2015, Budby South Forest has been managed by The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), which also took responsibility for managing Sherwood Forest in 2018. RSPB manages Sherwood Forest on behalf of, and in partnership with, Nottinghamshire County Council. Other partners include The Sherwood Forest Trust, Thoresby Estate and The Woodland Trust.
The RSPB is the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
For more information visit www.visitsherwood.co.uk or call 01623 677321.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity.
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In Scotland, no: SC037654.
The Robin and Marian picture credited to Ash Bird.
The Willow Heart picture credited to Rob James
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