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Hayley Wood

Trees have been removed from the coppice plots in Hayley Wood this winter in order to let more light into the woodland floor. For more information click here

An ancient coppiced woodland with a fantastic display of oxlips in the spring

This ancient woodland is a treasure trove of spring flowers and archaeological clues to times past. It is still managed in a traditional way to this day. As well as the usual flowers, such as bluebell, wood anemone and dog's mercury, Hayley Wood is host to hundreds of species of fungi and thousands of insects and birds.

As you walk up Hayley Lane to approach the wood, the hedge on your left is at least 800 years old and in the winter groans with berries that sustain fieldfares and redwings.

In the wood you will find a fence erected by the Wildlife Trust to protect most of the wood from the ravages of deer browsing. Although not in keeping with the landscape, it has reversed 20 years of decline in the oxlip population for which the wood is so famous.

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

A leaflet including a map of the Nature Reserve is available to download in the box below right.

The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

Waresley & Gransden Woods
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Gamlingay Wood
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
4 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

8 miles from
St. Neots
Map reference
TL 292 530
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Opening Times
Open at all times
52.00 hectares
Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Living Landscape schemes
West Cambridgeshire Hundreds
Park opposite the water tower and walk 300m up Hayley Lane to reserve
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500


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