Last weekend I went away to Devon for a few days and visited one of my favourite spots - Yarner Wood. Yarner Wood is a NNR and is managed beautifully by Natural England. Yarner Wood covers 150 hectares and is one of the best remaining ancient upland oak woodlands in Devon. With over 100 lichen species recorded here and with regionally important population of wood warbler, lesser-spotted woodpecker and pied flycatcher it has been somewhere that I love to visit! Even though I did not catch any of these birds on my trip; I did get close up views of long - tailed tits (my favourite!). As well as this I got to see a marsh tit for the first time which was very exciting! The Yarner Valley Hide is definitely one of my favourite hides ever. It was also lovely to see the mandarin ducks that are living on the pond there. Here are a few photos from my trip to Yarner Wood - it is well worth a visit!