A tranquil, sheltered ancient woodland with a spectacular array of spring flowers
Buff Wood is one of the richest boulder-clay woodlands in Cambridgeshire, with a highly impressive show of wild flowers, and considerable ecological diversity. This stems in part from its unusually complicated management history over the centuries and the variation in wetness of soil across the site. In the past, some areas have been left completely unmanaged, whilst others thinned or coppiced. Buff Wood has a traditional woodland structure and many historic features (moats, ditches and banks, rides, ridge and furrow, etc) which increase the floral diversity still further. The wood is known for its oxlips and primroses, as well as a number of other uncommon species, such as green hellebore.
This site is part of the West Cambridgeshire Hundreds Living Landscape Scheme.
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