places : morkery wood
updated 23/10/2005 : added 31/12/03
Morkery Wood is an area of Forestry Commission woodland about 5 miles
west of Castle Bytham on Morkery Lane, the road to South Witham. It
forms part of, what the Forestry Commission call, the Kesteven Forest.
In the past the wood has been used as a munitions dump for RAF South
Witham. Throughout the wood are hardcore paths and the foundations
of former buildings all giving clues to a former life. Now the paths
make for easy walking, even on the wettest of days, and make walking
through a wood with a push chair a dream!
events at morkery
As well as being open to the public throughout the year for leisurely
recreation Morkery Wood is also used for hunting, shooting and for
other events at different times.
revival rally 2005
Organised by The
Endurance Rally Association, the Lombard
Revival Rally 2005 revives the flavour and spirit of the RAC
Rally. On 25 November 2005, at around 12noon, this 1200 mile event
passes through Morkery Wood. All cars in the rally are under 1400cc
and are unmodified from the kind of car you and I would use to do
On 21 June 2005 the Wild
About Britain charity organised a walk around morkry wood offering
participants the chance to 'Discover the abundant wildlife of an ancient
woodland on this relaxed walk through Morkery Wood. Find out about
is trees, wildflowers and myriad insect and bird life.'
... motor sports association rally
On 16 July 2000 the wood played host to one of the stages of the Motor
Sports Association Rally.
The days events started at Barkston Heath Airfield, just north of
Grantham, then headed to Morkery and ultimately onto Belvoir
Castle. Stage 4, the stage through Morkery Wood was closed to
spectators and also ended up being curtailed due to 'slippery roads'
within the wood itself.
The wood is used for orienteering by local clubs. West
Anglia Orienteering Club produced a detailed map of the wood for
orienteering purposes and used hold events there occasionally.
Did you work at RAF South Witham and maybe know a bit more about the
history of the wood?
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From the Forestry
Commisssion website ...
" Morkery is a small
peaceful ancient woodland which was used as ammunition and bomb store
during the second world war (RAF South Witham). The network of hard
tracks provides good all year round access for walkers, cyclists and
horse riders. A small car park and picnic area is provided. Much of
the woodland was felled in the mid 1990s following the death of the
Norway spruce crops planted after the war. These sites are naturally
regenerating to site-native oak and ash woodland under the 'Ancient
In Morkery you'll find brown hare and rabbit, together with fox and
badger. There are also muntjac
deer, (the little ones), and pipistrelle and brown long-eared
As far as birdlife is concerned this is an ancient semi-natural woodland,
with large areas of birch scrub, which attract numerous warbler species.
There is also a good chance you will see or here the great spotted
and green woodpeckers. Birds of prey commonly seen and heard are tawny
owl, sparrowhawk, kestrel, hobby, and buzzard, the latter circling
slowly above the trees.
There are grass snakes in the wood, and common frogs and toads.
Brimstone, peacock, red admiral and speckled wood butterflies abound,
and if you are lucky, you might spot the rare grizzled skipper.
There is a small limestone quarry which has its own unique plant and
insect species. "
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About Britain website
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Anglia Orienteering Club website