It also provides food and cover for other wildlife including songbirds, rabbits and hares.
Spittle Mere also has a breeding colony of crested newts while the hawthorn scrub provides cover for nesting songbirds.
Over 200 species of birds have been observed, including many species of warblers, flycatchers and other migratory songbirds.
By 10.00 we were at Hopewell Rocks where we discovered a flock of migrant songbirds.
These forests are probably good for wintering songbirds, but because of limited time we didn't bird there thoroughly.