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The Witchy Woods – Wonderful Woodlands of Ballyyahoo

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mossy-stumps-in-sunlight illustrating a children's story about the magic Witchy Woods of BallyyahooThe Woodlands in Ballyyahoo is known as the Witchy Woods.

You can find this special place where the border of Ballyyahoo meets the border of Ballyuseless.

In the daytime the Witchy Woods is just like any other woodlands.

There are lots of beautiful moss covered rocks and tree stumps like the ones in the opposite picture.

There are also tall trees, short trees, shrubs, ferns, wild flowers, natural ponds, mushrooms and all kinds of berries.

And of course there are lots of woodland creatures like rabbits, hedgehogs and frogs.

There is also a very shy herd of beautiful deer.

They like to hide away from people, but you can see them if you click here.

IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS AT NIGHT

In the night time the Witchy Woods are exactly the same as they are in the day time, except for one thing:

At night, the woods are darker than you can imagine in your darkest dreams.

There are not many Ballyyahooians who go walking around the woods at night but one who does is Cori, the hen-woman of Ballyyahoo.

If you want to know why Cori likes to go walking around the woodlands at night click right here.

woodlands illustrating an Irish children's story about the magic Witchy Woods of BallyyahooCROOKED LITTLE PATHS

If you walked through the Witchy Woods you will find lots of little trails that wind around and through the trees.

The paths are often covered with fallen leaves.

If you walk through the Witchy Woods, or any woodlands in winter or Autumn you can often hear the leaves crunching under your feet.

Following these trails often lead to lots of other little trails.

Sometimes these trails might seem like they are never going to end. But, of course they do.

It is a great idea to visit your nearest woodlands and see how many trails you can follow.

LOGS AND TREE STUMPS

mossy-tree-stumps-in-sunlight illustrating a children's story about the magic Witchy Woods of BallyyahooIn the Witchy Woods there are lots of unusual logs and tree stumps – these can be hiding places for tiny creatures.

If you look closely you can see many crawlies such as ants, woodlice and centipedes.

Sometimes hedgehogs might make a little home hidden in among a pile of logs.

You have to be very careful not to disturb them in case they are hibernating.

WHO’S HIDING IN THE WITCHY WOODS?

In the picture below you can see a gap or a hole that has formed between two intertwining tree branches.

Many of the trees are covered with a fine green moss like this and if ran your fingers along gently along the moss, you would find that it is lovely and soft to touch.

gap between tree trunks in woodlands - illustrating an Irish children's story about the magic Witchy Woods of BallyyahooYou can often see all sorts of things when you look through the gaps in trees.

Can you see a face between the trees in the opposite picture?

There are lots of hiding places in woodlands especially in the Witchy Woods.

In fact, you never know who, or what, might be hiding among the trees, or under the rocks in the Witchy Woods.

There are rumours that Biddy, The Witch of Ballyyahoo, goes walking, or more precisely, flying, around the Witchy Woods on a regular basis.

But that’s a whole other story and you can read about that by clicking here.

Anyone in Ballyyahoo will tell you that some of the best hiding places in Ireland are in the wonderful woodlands of the Witchy Woods.

But, if you went looking in your own nearest woodlands, or forest, I’m sure you found some great hiding places too.

Have fun when you visit the woodlands but remember, whenever you are walking in woodlands or nature be very careful and don’t leave any rubbish behind.


Ballyyahoo – encourage your children to love nature.

For some fun stories from Ballyyahoo click here.


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