Douglas fir

Douglas fir
Douglas fir

Warleigh Woods have been interspersed up with plantations of larch trees under some previous management plan but the Melick Wood section seems to contain not a single larch.  Most of the pines in Melick Wood are scots pines, but there are a few others that appear when the leaves have fallen from the beech and the hazel.

This one appears to be a douglas fir (Pseudotsuga douglasii).  The branches are confined to a high crown but on the ground are fallen twigs and cones with distinctive three-pronged bracts.

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Douglas firs are non-native.  In its natural habitat in America as being one of the tallest trees, reaching heights of 120m.

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/common-non-native-trees/douglas-fir/

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