Wood Anemone ( white)A woodland perennial forming carpets under trees and in sunny areas. The white flowers are borne March to May and open up in response to sunshine.
Wood Sorrell (white)This creeping perennial grows in clumps and is an important indicator of ancient woodlands. It has trefoil leaves which fold down at night and the white flowers have delicate lilac veins on the underside. April to June is the usual flowering time.
Marsh Marigold ( yellow)This is a perennial woodland plant which likes damp areas, and can be found on the shore of the lake as well as along the river bank. The leaves are kidney shaped and shiny. The flowers comprise five yellow sepals but no petals and is to be found March to July. The leaves are kidney shaped and shiny. The flowers comprise five yellow sepals but no petals and is to be found March to July.
Lesser Celandine ( yellow)This is a perennial plant of open woodland, and flowers March to May, usually in clumps with its yellow petals opening to the sunshine. The leaves are heart shaped glossy & dark green.
Violets (Purple) with yellow primroses to the right.These are a perennial herb of woodland areas and like calcareous soil. The purple flowers are borne above heart shaped green leaves. They appear February to May.Primroses
Hazelwood Forest & Flora
BIRDSBarn owls as well as snipe , woodcock, common sandpiper are also found there. Water birds include winter visitors like Goldeneye,Whooper swans, Redwing, and Fieldfare as well as Tufted duck in the summer. Great Crested Grebe breed on the lake. BATSOf the 9 species of bat in Ireland 6 are found in Hazelwood. All bats are extremely vulnerable to habitat destruction. A field study of bats indicates that their roosts , mainly in trees , will be destroyed if trees are felled to make way for houses. BADGERSThere are 3 setts within the site. The badgers, if not killed during the construction phase would certainly die if they are displaced. Does anyone speak badger to explain to them what's happening? Both bats and badgers are nocturnal so should any of them survive the construction phase they wouldn't be able to cope with the light pollution inflicted on them
TREES There is a very interesting variety of trees in Hazelwood, most of which are in the Sac area. The development plan states that trees will be saved and houses built in between. Is this another idea that sound s convincing but about which there is liule intent to carry it out. It is much easier to build houses without trees being in the way. LANDAlmost 12 hectares of tree covered ground will be lost if this planning permission is granted. This is also high -value habitat which has built up over at least 300 years. Compensatory planting as listed, will do nothing to replace the loss of ancient woodland habitat and alluvial forest. Planting a few Oak and Ash saplings and shrubs, will in no way compensate for the wanton destruction of the woodland, should they even survive the vandals. AQUATIC SURVEYThis very comprehensive survey indicates the presence of Brook and river and sea lamprey, salmon and freshwater crayfish, are all present in the waterways., as well as brown trout and coarse fish. Salmon have been seen, jumping to get rid of their lice as they head upstream.
Hazelwood Forest has an abundance of wonderful flora and fauna, which in some cases is unique to the Hazelwood Demense. Hazelwood Forest through a series sof trails can be explored. This beautiful part of Sligo County must also be protected and secured for the future.
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