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Wistow Wood

An old ash woodland with a marvellous habitat for mosses, lichens, fungi and insects

The wood contains evidence of a long history of traditional management. Numerous old ash trees with several stems indicate the past practice of coppicing, where trees were cut at ground level to take a crop of wood and stumps were left to re-grow. Most of the mature trees were removed before the 1920s, but since then the wood has been left to regenerate. The old rotten bases of the trees provide a marvellous habitat for mosses and lichens, fungi and insects.

During spring the woodland floor abounds with dog's mercury, bluebells, wood anemones and primroses. The woodland rides have summer flora including meadowsweet and ragged-robin as well as a variety of grasses and sedges.

Nearby nature reserves

Pingle Cutting
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Upwood Meadows
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Lady's Wood
3 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
2 miles south of
Ramsey
Cambridgeshire
Map reference
TL 296 820
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
8.50 hectares
Status
Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Walking information
Good paths, two steps at entrance and a narrow bridge in north end
Parking
Park on roadside near entrance at south east corner
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500
cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org