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Balls Wood

Posted in Conservation, Conservation Photography, UK Wildlife, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2009 by Neil Aldridge

6 BallsWood NeilAldridge smallIt’s been far too long since my last post – mainly because I have been busy with research and a back-log of editing lately – so I naturally jumped at the opportunity to photograph this ancient Hertfordshire woodland for a client.

Balls Wood was under risk of sale and faced an uncertain future with major urban development nearby but it has been secured for future generations by the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. While the 145-acre site is particularly noted for its butterfly populations, it supports a diversity of species from cuckoos, buzzards and tawny owls to badgers, newts, frogs and many plants and insects.

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Balls Wood lies adjacent to Hertford Heath Nature Reserve and so the acquisition falls in line with a landscape-scale conservation approach, whereby the focus is on protecting larger conjoined areas rather than just smaller isolated sites.