Tuesday, 21 July 2009


Sidwood is a large area of open-access woodland managed by the Forestry Commission and is part of the larger Kielder Forest. It is on the western side of the Tarset Burn, just over the water from the bastle at Black Middens, and can be reached by a walk through fields and a footbridge crossing the burn. Alternatively, a narrow lane from Redheugh, north of Greenhaugh, leads you directly to a small car park at Sidwood itself from where the whole area can be explored.

One of the attractions at Sidwood is a fine piece of mixed woodland running along-side the Tarset Burn which includes some ancient trees and ornamental species that remain from the old Sidwood estate.

The path through the burn-side woodland at Sidwood

Immediately beside the car park there was grassy a path leading away to what must have once been the ornamental pond on the old Sidwood estate. Here I watched Southern Hawker dragonflies beside a small stream and pictured one of them when it rested on a stinging nettle.

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

The woodland walk was delightful, particularly the burn-side stretches, but it was finding large numbers of ringlets and meadow browns amongst the flowers on the verges of the lane leading back to the car park, that really made the day. After all the wet weather during the last week, they were taking full advantage of the bright, warm sunshine.

Ringlet (Aphantopus hypercantus)

Ringlet (Aphantopus hypercantus)

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)


Midmarsh John said...

That looks a lovely place for a walk, Emma and you got some great photos of the insect life.

Anonymous said...

Lovely area I should think Emma. That Southern Hawker image is brilliant.

Stewart said...

Brings back great memoies of when Iused to ring the nestboxes up there years ago...lovely. Did yoiu get bitten by clegs? I used to!

holdingmoments said...

What a beautiful place to visit.
You got some great shots too; love the Ringlet.

Autor said...

love it!