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.

VISITORS ARE WELCOME AT THIS SITE BUT A PERMIT IS REQUIRED. PLEASE CONTACT THE CAMBRIDGESHIRE OFFICE WITH PLENTY OF NOTICE TO OBTAIN A VISITOR PERMIT.

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Location
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Size
16.00 hectares
Status
Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
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West Cambridgeshire Hundreds
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Tel: 01954 713500
cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org