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Knocksink Woods

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Knocksink woods are a narrow strip of wooded wetlands on either side of the Glencullen river. The woods are beside Enniskerry village. The facilities consist of a sealed roadway to a parking area and education complex. The woods are further entered - now by a gravel/mud road and after a short distance, excess to a parallel path the other side of the river can be achieved by a foot bridge. The two paths are again linked by a foot bridge further upstream. For those who want a gentle short stroll no better interesting walk could be found - starting from the car park. The paths follow the level of the river and are extremely flat. The terrain is difficulty to go any further upstream and so the second bridge will mark the full extent of the outward part of the walk. 
 Some people extended the walk by leaving their cars at the entrance to the woods, and using the sealed road as part of their walk. 

Directions

The directions to the woods are very simple. Coming to Enniskerry on the Bray Road keep straight pass the Clock-tower on your left at the next crossroads turn right into Church Hill, cross the bridge and the woods are on your left.

The walk can be further extended (and this I would suggest) by leaving your car in the car park at Bog Meadow. The directions to Bog Meadow is simple. Turn right before the Clock-tower over the bridge and Bog Meadows is mediately on your left.

Bog Meadows is a sporting complex with parking area. A nature trail starts just before the tennis courts and goes along the river, then turns at a right angle  to go parallel to Church Hill road, before exiting just opposite the entrance to Knocksink Woods. There is also a return track to take you back to the car-park by a different route. Although the nature tail has been damaged by rot and vandal is is still quite usable.

This is an easy to moderate walk with a climb of 30 metres and a duration of about one hour.

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Bog Meadow
Bog Meadow Bog Meadow

The combination of long term water erosion on the rocks
and flowing water together with the vigor of plant life
and the engineering abilities of a past age
has produced a scene of grandeur and beauty.


                               
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Birdlife in Knocksink Woods
Quoting Maurice Bryan from  a brochure produced for the National Environmental Education Centre, Knocksink Wood

"Spring is the very best time to visit, when the migrants have returned and the wood resounds with song.
The Blackbird's mellow notes lead the orchestra, matched by the Robin's flute-like song, both easy birds to see. The lovely Song Thrush sounds like the Blackbird, but repeats his notes, while the bigger Mistle Thrush can be seen shouting out his song from a treetop in the teeth of a March gale, giving him his nickname of "Stormcock". Two more thrushes visit from Scandinavia in winter, the Fieldfare and the Redwing, and both will be found here in harsh weather.
The Wren, a tiny brown bundle of energy with a cocked-up tail, surprises us with his loud rattling, chirring song, a tremendous noise for such a little bird, while dainty Goldcrests, our smallest birds, tinkle continuously in the tree canopy as they search for their insect food. They are accompanied by Tits, of which There are four species in the wood: The Great Tit, whose monotonous two-note song is described as "teacher, teacher", handsome with his shiny black head, white cheeks and black belly stripe: His cousins, the Coal Tit, very similar but without the belly stripe and with a white nape to his neck, and the familiar Blue Tit, with a blue cap and white cheeks. All will be busy hunting for insects to feed their chicks! If we are lucky we may come across a party of Long-tailed Tits, tiny acrobats with tails longer than their bodies, beautifully coloured in black and white with pastel pink shading, as they forage from tree to tree, or spot a mouse-like Treecreeper as he works his way busily up a tree trunk, balancing with his spiny tail, as his long, curved bill probes the bark for hidden insects.
The Finches are a family with a different life style, who are predominantly seed-eaters, as you can tell by their strong bills, like little tweezers for extracting and crushing seeds. You will certainly see the Chaffinch, one of our most common birds, the male with a lovely pink breast and grey-capped head, his mate a littie less colourful, but both with distinctive white wing bars. Also to be found are stout Greenfinches, the males very green in summer plumage, with yellow wing bars and white beaks. Somewhat less common are the spectacular Goldfinches, which were formerly much in demand as cage birds because of their lovely plumage and tinkling song like little bells. Luckily it is now illegal to capture wild birds to keep in cages, as birds need their freedom. The Goldfinch also has yellow wing bars, but is fawn, black and white, with a wonderful crimson face, and will often feed at the edge of the wood on seeds of thistle and dock... "
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A notable feature of these woods
are the springs and seepage areas.

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The Glencullen river flows
through an woodland
of Sessile Oak, Oak,Ash,
Beech, Holly and Hazel


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While Great Wood-rush and ferns
(Hart's Tongue and Soft Shield)
together with Ivy and Brambles
carpet the ground.


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Mentioning birds reminded me that many years ago I say a unbelievable sight. Two crows were attaching a large dog. He was of absolutely no threat to them but he had long hair (the breed of dog were the hair covers their head right down over their eyes) and it was nest making season. He moved up against the wall of a house and one bird began trying to entice him into the centre of the road by the damaged wing trick. Either through indifference or wisdom he was not taking the bait and finally the birds flew off in disgust.


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When through the woods and forest glades I wander

and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;

when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee,
how great thou art! how great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee,
how great thou art! how great thou art!
Russian Hymn

                                 
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The woods are home to such animals as the Red Squirrel, Badger, Rabbit and Deer. You may be fortunate enough if not to see one of these animals then to see their tracts or a badger sett which is like a big rabbit hole.

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