Lower Grass Wood

Lower Grass Wood is owned and managed by the Woodland Trust. It consists of 8.54 hectares of ancient semi-natural woodland which stretches along a south-western slope that leads down to the River Wharfe. Lower Grass Wood forms part of the larger Grass Wood and Bastow Wood. The woodland has a similar species composition and management history to Grass Wood. The canopy layer consists of sycamore, sessile and pedunculate oak, ash, birch with occasional planted larch and beech, while the ground flora includes bluebells, dog's mercury, wild thyme, marjoram and basil. These woods are some of the best places to see and hear woodland birds in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, such as the tree pippit, wood warbler, pied flycatcher and redstart.

Lower Grass Wood is a short walk from the characterful village of Grassington along the River Wharfe. Within the woodland there is a network of permissive paths.

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