The Hidden Meadow is an open area with scattered trees, mostly apple and birch though with some ash and rowan in there too.
There are a lot of bramble bushes and comfrey grows high and untidy at this time of the year, but is loved by the bees.
There are some fallen logs in the centre of the Meadow which offer a pleasant place to sit (though this area is often used for barbeques and not everyone is careful when they make barbeques, sometimes I have found lots of litter round here and branches broken from trees too).
In the wooded area along the river, there are lots of blackcaps singing (along with other birds). As you walk into the Hidden Meadow, the blackcaps are replaced, due to habitat preferences, by willow warblers. I love both these birds' songs, but there is something especially magical about the willow warbler's song and as they are a species in decline, it is wonderful to know there is somewhere in Edinburgh where you can be almost guaranteed to hear them.
As ever, red text takes you to another webpage where you can find out more. in the case of birds, that page will include the opportunity to listen to their song!
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