Please be aware that there will be ongoing management work in the wood over Autumn/Winter. See below for more details.

Cambridgeshire's second largest wood is over 900 years old!

Location

1.5 miles west of
Brampton, on minor road to Grafham Village
Cambridgeshire
For Sat Nav use PE28 0DB and continue west, away from A1, for 3/4 mile

OS Map Reference

TL 184 698
A static map of Brampton Wood

Know before you go

Size
132 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Small car park at reserve off Brampton Road

Walking trails

Over two miles of wide rides but some with difficult minor paths with slight gradients. Paths will be muddy in winter and could also be muddy at other times of the year.

Access

Footpaths can be muddy

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open all the time

Best time to visit

Anytime

About the reserve

Autumn/Winter management work

Throughout Autumn/Winter we are conducting much needed work in the woodland including tree felling, coppicing and ditch clearance. This work has been agreed with the Forestry Commission, Natural England and the Countryside Stewardship scheme. It will restore hazel coppices to benefit dormice and thin areas of ash to increase the regeneration of young trees and benefit healthy trees, which is part of our management of the ash dieback disease. Please take notice of any signage if you are visiting during this time and please stay out of areas that maybe closed. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Earlier in the year we appealed for donations with our Tough Love appeal, which raised funds for large scale conservation projects like this. Thank you to everyone who has supported our ongoing work to improve habitats for wildlife.

About Brampton Wood

Brampton Wood is the second largest ancient woodland in Cambridgeshire and is at least 900 years old. The first records date back to the Domesday Book. The trees include aspen, oak, ash, field maple and birch. The entire wood was once clear felled and has since naturally regenerated. Some areas are now coppiced and provide a habitat for dormice.

Plants to look out for include primrose, water purslane, wood spurge, common spotted orchid and devil's-bit scabious. Wild pear is a native but uncommon species and two specimens are found on the wood perimeter path with a number of others nearby.

Join us

Current Management

We have felled trees beside the rides to create an improved edge habitat and promote the growth of early successional species. Ride edges host high species diversity, attracting plants and animals from outlying woodland and grassland areas. Each year we coppice different sections of the wood, creating a variation in age structure throughout the wood. The grassy areas of the ride are maintained by biennial mowing to encourage a high density of wildflowers.

We have regular work parties at Brampton Wood on the second Sunday of every month. Please consider coming out to lend a hand, make some new friends, and help our wildlife work at this reserve. More details here.

Habitat restoration in Brampton Wood

As part of the ongoing restoration of the reserve, most of the conifers have been cleared. This clearance work has created open conditions that allow the natural regeneration of native trees and shrubs. Eventually conditions will be ideal for the recolonisation and flourishing of primroses, bluebells and other ancient woodland plants.

Our work is supported by the Forestry Commission and Natural England.

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Scroll down to see the reserve boundary. Please note the boundary map is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

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