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Gamsey Wood

A fragment of ancient woodland nested in a working farm

Gamsey Wood, dominated by ash and field maple trees, is situated where the clay uplands adjoin the Fenland Basin. Along with nearby woods - Lady's Wood and Raveley Wood - Gamsey Wood is believed to be a fragment of the ancient forest that covered much of this area in Saxon times.

Gamsey Wood is renowned for its displays of spring flowers including bluebell, wood anemene and yellow archangel. There are several wild-service trees in the wood, whose speckled berries were once used to make an alcoholic drink called chequers.

The site is home to the white-letter hairstreak butterfly and white-spotted pinion moth, both elm dependent species. Fieldfare and redwing visit during the winter.

Nearby nature reserves

Woodwalton Marsh
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Raveley Wood
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Lady's Wood
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

Location
5 miles south west of
Ramsey
Cambridgeshire
Map reference
TL 225 816
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
4.00 hectares
Status
Ancient Woodland
County Wildlife Site
Walking information
150m of grass track to entrance, can be very rutted. Paths in reserve can be muddy in wet weather.
Parking
On the Woodwalton to Great Raveley road turn into Keeler Farm and follow track round to the right to the back of the farm buildings. Park next to barn - do not obstruct farm traffic.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500
cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org