Part of Warndon Woodlands Local Nature Reserve
This area of grassland and young woodland is managed with wildflowers, butterflies and slow worms in mind. Different areas need different mowing techniques at different times of year. The area near Tutbury Row is cut in late summer, being richest in wildflowers, while the area near St. Nicholas Church is cut in the winter, when slow worms are dormant.
Access: Pedestrian entrances on St Nicholas' Lane, Grosmont Avenue, Tutbury Row.
Footpaths lead from New Plantation and Warndon Wood (crossing Parsonage Way).
Site Facilities: Waymarked trail, surfaced footpaths, information panel
Open: Pedestrian access 24hrs.
Dogs: Well behaved dogs welcome, please clear up after your dog using the bin provided.
Habitat: Recent Secondary Woodland, Unimproved grassland, Veteran Oak trees, Scrub and bramble, Wildflower grassland.
Notable Wildlife: Kestrel, Slow worm, Field vole, Marbled white butterfly.
Other features: Surfaced footpaths with some slopes. Next to the Anglo-Saxon St.Nicholas' church.
Three trails wind their way through Warndon Woodlands Local Nature Reserve.
The Buzzard Trail (about 2 km) leads through Warndon Wood, across Stock Coppice Fields to the North, crosses Parsonage Way to the Anglo-Saxon St. Nicholas' Church, and returns by way of Hillwood Meadow and New Plantation. This route includes steps, stiles and potentially muddy paths in Warndon Wood.
Management tasks include:
- Maintenance of furniture
- Mowing of unimproved grassland
- Footpath cutting
- Slow worm surveys