Please note - Due to felling and extraction of timber with large machinery and in order to reduce risks to visitors we have reluctantly decided to close Gamlingay Wood nature reserve for a short period. The site will be reopened when felling and extraction have finished, hopefully at the end of October / early November. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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.
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
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
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