Silene dioica red campion , (pictured above). Google informs me that it is named after Silenus, who was the merry (winemaking ) god of woodlands
Last of the red campion flowers, were just about to be, killed off by frost. This is one of the species regarded as an indicator of the old age of the woodland ,like bluebells and wood anemone
The branches of the more interesting trees were easier to see. Birdcherry is one of the less common native species . It often seems to have this growth shape of spreading stems
This tree is struggling for light, because of conifers nearby, resulting in this stretching and rising pattern
The terminal winter buds of bird cherry are different to that of wild cherry.
In addition the young bark is a different hue