Wildlife - Forestry
Woodlawn is lucky to have numerous woodland trails under of the ownership of Coillte with open access to the public for recreation.
The most common commercial tree found in Woodlawn is the Sitka Spruce. This evergreen tree is native to western North America. It is a fast growing tree and can reach up to 50 metres in height. You can recognise Sitka Spruce by its flattish blue needles and cylindrical brown cones.
Other trees planted in the Woodlawn Woods are Norway Spruce and Japanese Larch. Native and naturalised trees grown include Ash, Sycamore, Oak, Beech, Birch and Alder. There is also plenty of willow, which is more commonly referred to as Sallies.
In the summertime, Woodlawn Wood is alive with colour particularly in cleared felled areas where the purple flowers of Rosebay Willowherb can cover a vast area. Other plants worth looking out for are Coltsfoot, Ox-eye Daisy, Foxglove, Herb Robert and Wood Sorrel. Woodlawn Woods are home to many wild animals and birds. You may be lucky enough to sight Fallow Deer, Foxes, Hedgehogs or even Red Squirrels. Plenty of birds can also be spotted including Ravens, Snipe, Goldfinches, Bullfinches, Linnets, Coal Tits and Long-Tailed Tits. If you watch carefully you may be lucky enough to get a sighting of a Treecreeper or indeed Ireland’s smallest bird the Goldcrest.
There are also many butterflies that may be spotted such as the Peacock, the Red Admiral, the Brimstone and Reals’s Wood White.