Ancient Woodland indicators. 🌲

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Ancient woodland has been around for so long it has developed special communities of plants and animals not found elsewhere. It’s an important habitat and in sore need of protection.

Ancient woods are areas of woodland that have persisted since 1600 in England and Wales, and 1750 in Scotland. This is when maps started to be reasonably accurate so we can tell that these areas have had tree cover for hundreds of years. They are relatively undisturbed by human development. As a result, they are unique and complex communities of plants, fungi, insects and other microorganisms.

Just 2.4% of the UK is ancient woodland. That’s 52,000 sites covering 340,000 hectares. Those might sound like big numbers, but if those sites were combined, they would take up just three quarters of the Cairngorms National Park.

Ancient woods are our richest and most complex terrestrial habitat in the UK and they are home to more threatened species than any other. Centuries of undisturbed soils and accumulated decaying wood have created the perfect place for communities of fungi and invertebrates. Other specialist species of insects, birds and mammals rely on ancient woodlands.

Look out for these ancient woodland indicators:
▪︎Hart’s tongue fern.
▪︎ Lemon slug.
▪︎ Hard fern.
▪︎ Wood anemone.
▪︎Guelder rose.
▪︎ Lungwort lichens.
▪︎Lily of the valley.
▪︎ Small leaved lime.

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Finally a light at the end of the tunnel!

I finally got my endo specialist appointment!!

On 5th of October I finally got my endo specialist appointment after waiting for so so long!

I cannot put into words how anxious and nervous I was and I was so grateful that I could take my mum in with me!

He treated me with nothing but respect, he didn’t rush me or talk down to me and answered all of mine and my mums questions.

Most importantly he did two things:

1. Came up with a treatment plan.

Pain meds are just anti spasming tablets and paracetamol which I’m unsure will work but I’m happy to give it a try.

2. He told me that I can have children!

No other medical professional has answered this question that has been hanging over my head for some while now. I may need my ovaries drilling beforehand but I was so relieved that I was told it was a possibility and all my options weren’t being taken away that I burst into tears. He also said at 27 with no children the other medical professionals should NOT have been pushing me to get a hysterectomy and putting me through an early menopause wouldn’t have helped either.

I’m so glad I persevered and waited to see the specialist.

No I have been taking all my recommended medication for 3 days now and I need to get in touch with the dietician also to find out how to do the FODMAP diet.

I am waiting and hoping this will all work and most importantly that my operation won’t take as long as a year!

Struggling on my week off: sinus infection & endometriosis.

Today like the past couple of days I have been trying to rest, as catching a sinus infection is a sign that my body is run down.

I am also due on and I am hoping if I rest that my PCOS won’t cause me to skip another period which makes things worse.

I am trying to remain positive but to be completely honest I am struggling.

I am struggling for energy, to remain positive, upbeat, calm and collected, I am having acne breakouts, my endo pain is not decreasing no matter what I do, and my mental health is not the best.

I feel increasingly alone in this and I am tired of waiting for treatment and tired of my endometriosis affecting my life and what I want to do with it.

I just want a day without pain, without the fatigue and without the struggle.

No one realises what a toll endo has on your mental health and for me who already has mental health conditions such as cptsd, if is especially difficult.

I will keep fighting through, I will try and remain positive, optimistic , patient and take it day by day.