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Short Wood and Southwick Wood

A beautiful ancient woodland which is carpeted with bluebells in the spring

Short Wood is a fragment of Rockingham Forest, a medieval hunting forest. The wood includes areas of elm coppice and hazel coppice with large oak, ash and field maple trees. In spring a carpet of bluebells and dog's mercury covers much of the wood. Primrose, wood speedwell and wood melick are also abundant.

Much of the ancient woodland at Southwick Wood was replanted to replace elm trees felled in the late 1960s due to Dutch Elm Disease. It now contains a mix of oak, ash, field maple and hazel. The developing woodland provides cover for a range of visting bird species including willow warbler, woodcock and tawny owl.

Butterflies are abundant -  look out for speckled wood, gatekeeper and comma in the sun-drenched glades.

Between Short Wood and Southwick Wood the Wildlife Trust has purchased an area of former arable land, now called Dodhaws Wood that will be allowed to naturally regenerate to woodland.


Short Wood leaflet


Southwick Wood leaflet


Short Wood reserve map 

Short wood reserve map

Southwick Woods reserve map 

Southwick woods reserve map

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Reserve information

2.5 miles from Oundle
Map reference
TL 022 914
Best time to visit
Apr - Sep
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25.30 hectares
Walking information
Areas of wood very muddy in winter and after rain
Pass through Glapthorn village and park in layby on left at top of the hill 150m before water tower
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
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Tel: 01604 405285


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