Know before you go
Grazing animalsNot at the reserve itself.
The short circular path is often overgrown so be prepared for tall vegetation.
This isn't an easy reserve to find as you have to go across at least three fields not belonging to RWT. There is often livestock grazing. It's advised to ring the RWT office to ask what the current situation is before heading here.
When to visit
Opening timesAll year round
Best time to visitApril and May
About the reserve
This small broadleaved woodland provides a haven for mammals, birds, wildflowers and insects to thrive.
The wood is made up largely of ash with downy birch, rowan, pedunculate oak and suckering wych elm. Older trees decay and provide excellent habitat for insects. Some nationally scarce lichens have also been discovered here.
In spring there is a lovely display of early-purple orchid, bluebells, sanicle and wood anemone. Of particular importance in the wood are adders-tongue fern, common twayblade and broad-leaved helleborine.
Woodland birds include pied flycatcher, treecreeper, redstart, marsh tit, willow warbler and bullfinch. Both green and great-spotted woodpeckers breed here with butterflies visiting in the sunnier months.