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High Wood and Meadow

An enchanting ancient woodland and meadows featuring a good variety of wildlife

High Wood is an enchanting ancient woodland full of wild cherry trees and a rich ground flora. It was coppiced in the traditional way through the centuries, meaning that shrubs and trees were regularly cut to ground level to give a reliable supply of wood for fuel and tools. Coppicing lets sunlight into the wood and so encourages bluebells and other woodland flowers to flourish. The rare opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage is found in damper areas. Much of the meadow is acidic grassland where herbs such as cat's-ear, tormentil, sheep's sorrel and heath bedstraw grow.

 

High Wood and Meadow reserve map

Nearby nature reserves

Ramsden Corner
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Woodford Halse
4 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Byfield Pool
6 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 from Daventry
Daventry
Northamptonshire
Map reference
SP 593 548
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
16.50 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Most woodland paths are even and firm. Meadow is uneven and with some areas burrowed by rabbits. Stiles and kissing gates feature
Parking
Park on right at the end of Mantles Heath Wood opposite old barn
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Reserves Manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org