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Hardwick Wood

A medieval woodland full of woodland birds

Hardwick Wood has the sinuous outline of medieval woods and is surrounded by a substantial wood bank, well preserved on the south and east sides. After ceasing in the early 20th century, coppicing was reinstated in 1979. This traditional practice lets in more light to the benefit of flowers and insects. As the coppice grows it provides safe nesting sites for woodland songbirds such as willow warbler, marsh tit and blackcap. The large amount of dead wood is a boon for the woodpeckers that can be heard drumming in spring. The Mere Way runs along the western boundary, the banks of the adjoining ditch providing a haven for cowslips and the rare crested cow-wheat, usually found on the margins of ancient woodlands and in clearings and rides. As twilight descends, the hoots of owls can be heard and bats patrol the woodland edges in their search for food.

This site is part of the West Cambridgeshire Hundreds Living Landscape Scheme.


There is a work party at this reserve. See the work party page for more information.

Nearby nature reserves

Cambourne
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Overhall Grove
4 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Hayley Wood
5 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012

Reserve information

Location
5 miles west of Cambridge
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
Map reference
TL 356 580
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
15.00 hectares
Status
Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Living Landscape schemes
West Cambridgeshire Hundreds
Parking
Park in Highfields Caldecote and walk up the bridleway which is signposted at TL350582, just south of the mini round about for Strympole Way. When you get to the wood turn left to find the entrance.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500
cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org