Know before you go
Parking informationShaky Bridge picnic area
A boardwalk takes you into the wood for about quarter of a mile but beyond this it becomes very slippery and steep.
From the Shaky Bridge picnic area, head back the way you came, turning right, the reserve is on the left opposite the church sign.
When to visit
Opening timesAll year round
Best time to visitApril to June
About the reserve
There are over forty breeding bird species in this ancient woodland, including pied flycatcher and redstart. Dippers are often found along the river as are grey wagtail with dragonflies and damselflies flitting along the river edge in the summer.
The woodland consists mainly of wet alder and ash over a hazel understory, with lichens, mosses and liverworts supporting a rich beetle community. Yellow archangel, red campion and a stunning bluebell display is well worth a visit in the spring, whilst winter brings the woodcock to the woods.
The woods are home to the Daubenton's bat and otter spraints are often found near Shaky Bridge.