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Raveley Wood

A fragment of once-great wildwood, now an important woodland sanctuary

As with many of the other small woods in the area, Raveley puts on a stunning display of flowers in the spring including bluebells, primrose, goldilocks buttercup and the locally scarce wood speedwell. As well as oak, ash and field maple, the wood has elm trees, many of which have unfortunately been killed by Dutch elm disease. The wood is a national stronghold of the rare white-spotted pinion moth which is dependent on elms. 

During the summer you may see the white-letter hairstreak butterfly flitting around the trees or along the grassy rides and glades. The dead elms have also provided much valuable deadwood habitat and give the wood a rich variety of fungi to spot in the autumn. A large bank of earth found close to the wood's entrance is part of a Medieval wood bank that defined the woodland boundary. Lying within the wood's boundary to the east is part of a system of moats and fish ponds believed to be originally connected with Ramsey Abbey.

 

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

Nearby nature reserves

Lady's Wood
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Upwood Meadows
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Gamsey 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
3.5 miles south of
Ramsey
Cambridgeshire
Map reference
TL 244 817
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
5.60 hectares
Status
Ancient Woodland
County Wildlife Site
Walking information
Wide level paths
Parking
On the Woodwalton to Great Raveley road, park in the layby next to the site entrance.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500
cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org