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Hayley Wood

An ancient woodland with an active coppice cycle and 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.

 

 

Hayley Wood leaflet (pdf)

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012

Reserve information

Location
8 miles from St. Neots
St. Neots
Cambridgeshire
Map reference
TL 292 530
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
52.00 hectares
Status
Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Living Landscape schemes
West Cambridgeshire Hundreds
Parking
Park opposite the water tower and walk 300m up Hayley Lane to reserve
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500
cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org