• Managing the woodland<br />and clearing brambles
  • Creating a wildlife<br />friendly habitat
  • Red Cardinal beetles<br />- successfully breeding<br />in the copse

The Copse

The Copse is in the North West of the site. The area was originally used as an orchard and its more recent use has been as a hazel copse. This part of the Palace site is designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest. It has the best population of wild daffodils of any site in the County together with significant numbers of bluebells.

Surrey Wildlife Trust have carried out work in the Copse. As a result the main coppicing work is now complete and a woodchip path through the area has been created enabling visitors to enjoy the daffodils and bluebells in the Spring. The Trust have publicised their work in the Copse on their website, www.surreywildlifetrust.co.uk, and included an item on the Palace site with photographs.

The Red Cardinal beetles eat other insects and even each other! The red colour warns predators to keep away as they taste awful.

Fishpond in copse

One of the fishponds in the copse

Hazel nuts

Hazel nuts ripening in the copse

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