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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.

... lombard 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 the shopping.

... wild about britain

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.

... orienteering

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.

help !

Did you work at RAF South Witham and maybe know a bit more about the history of the wood?

If so we would be pleased to hear from you ... Contact Us.

forestry commission

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 Woodland Project'.

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 bats.

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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A view across the fields bordering Morkery Wood
A view across the fields bordering Morkery Wood

To see more pictures of Morkery Wood click on either of the Gallery buttons below ...

added 23/10/2005

Muntjac deer
Muntjac deer commonly seen in Morkery Wood
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Visiting Morkery Wood ?

Follow the Forest Code ...

Guard against all risk of fire.
Protect trees, plants and wildlife.
Leave things as you find them,
take nothing away.
Keep dogs under control.
Avoid damaging buildings, fences, hedges, walls and signs.
Leave no litter

For those wanting to know more about the military activities which used to take place in Morkery Wood then Old Forge Publishing have published a book "Danger Area" by Martin Chorlton.

"Danger Area" book