Part of Warndon Woodlands Local Nature Reserve
This ancient woodland has a wonderful display of bluebells in the spring, especially in areas where the hazel has been coppiced. Many butterflies also make use of the sunny hedgerow running along the western edge.
Access: Pedestrian entrances from Parsonage Way, public footpaths through adjacent fields.
waymarked trail, public footpaths, interpretation board
Open: Pedestrian access 24hrs.
Dogs: Well behaved dogs welcome, please be aware there may be cattle in the fields nearby.
Habitat: Ancient Semi-natural Woodland, Recent Secondary Woodland, Hedgerows
Notable Wildlife: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Bluebell, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Muntjac deer.
Other features: Original bank and ditch boundaries of the wood are still visible today.
Three trails wend 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.
Management tasks include:
- Coppicing of hazel understory
- Thinning of Mature Oak and Ash
- Maintenance of furniture
- Footpath cutting
- Hedgerow restoration