Know before you go
Parking informationShaky Bridge picnic area
We will be closing the path because of ash dieback. Please follow the instructions on the new signs to take the alternative path leading you around the reserve.
Ash dieback has badly affected up to 35 trees here, therefore we will be closing the reserve as of December 2020 and asking you to follow the alternative path taking you around the reserve.
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.