Morkery Wood

Morkery Wood is an area of Forestry England woodland about 5 miles west of Castle Bytham on Morkery Lane, the road to South Witham. It forms part of, what the Forestry England 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!

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Forestry England

From the Forestry England 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 bird life 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, sparrow hawk, 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.


Added : 23/10/05 : MG
Last Updated : 22/04/11 : MG

8 thoughts on “Morkery Wood

    1. Quote – In a wood near the house is a tombstone to ‘Black Butcher,’ a favourite horse belonging to General Grosvenor, who was a lessee in the 18th century. Unquote
      The house mentioned is Stocken Hall. General Grosvenor owned the property in the latter half of the 19th century.

  1. According to the website it is a monument to a horse called The Butcher, belonging to Field Marshall Grosvenor (c.1850). I remember it well from the days when we lived at Stocken Hall Farm (1959 – 1968). There were also a lot of dogs’ gravestones near the hall itself. Morkery Wood was a great place for us to play as children with its many roads of tarmac and concrete thanks to the war department who used it as a wartime munitions store, calling it (I think) RAF South Witham.

  2. apparently the beautiful and rare purple emperor was seen here in 2015; has anyone seen it since then?

    1. I spent some time at RAF S. Witham 1955-6 hauling munitions in the area.

      Very interesting experience.

      Many times had to hitch to / from Grantham.

      Walking through the woods.

  3. I walk through the woods regularly, does anyone know about the sinkholes? One small sign on one of the entrances warns of them. I’ll be sticking to the hard surfaces from now on!

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