Please note - This nature reserve is closed for safety reasons while the haulier for the felling contractor removes the stacks of timber. This involves movements of large vehicles in a confined space. We are hoping this operation will happen before Christmas, but if it does not we will reopen the nature reserve over the Christmas holiday (from Friday 19th December) at the pedestrian entrance on the south side near Gamlingay village. The vehicle entrance and parking area will remain closed for safety reasons.
A magical ancient woodland, perfect for a visit any time of year
This site has been woodland for at least a thousand years, and the character and diversity of wonderful wildlife here reflects it. No matter when you visit there are joys to discover from the rich perfume and icy hue of bluebells, to the russets and umbers of autumn leaves, hiding the varied colours of fungi. A stroll in summer along the flowered paths will cast up clouds of butterflies. As the dusk gathers bats hawk along rides taking advantage of the abundance of moths.
There is a work party at this site. If you are interested in getting involved please look at the work parties page for more information
This site is part of the West Cambridgeshire Hundreds Living Landscape Scheme.
The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.
Species and habitats
- Muntjac Deer, Barn Owl, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Garden Warbler, Kestrel, Song Thrush, Willow Warbler, Woodcock, Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Six-spot Burnet, Bluebell, Bugle, Common Spotted orchid, Early Purple Orchid, Herb-Paris, Purple-loosestrife, Tormentil, Wild Service tree, Yellow Archangel, Dryad's Saddle
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Nature reserve map
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.