Fordham Woods by Aubrey Jenkins

Fordham Woods by Aubrey Jenkins

A wet valley woodland, a rare habitat in Cambridgeshire



OS Map Reference

TL 632 700
A static map of Fordham Woods

Know before you go

10 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Park on River Lane near brown sign for Nature Reserve, walk up lane

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Boardwalks are narrow and can be slippery when wet. 


Not suitable for disabled access or pushchairs


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Throughout the year

About the reserve

Fordham Woods is a wet valley woodland with stands of alder trees, a habitat now rare in Cambridgeshire. It once formed part of the fen stretching past Fordham, where villagers cut reed for thatching and wood for fuel.

Alder, which is specially adapted to waterlogged ground, dominates the wettest places. It is our only native broadleaved tree to produce cones, and supports more than 90 insect species and many different fungi. At the reserve, alders are interspersed with willows, poplars and ash. Large bushes of dark-leaved willow are found here – one of its few southern sites.

Beneath the trees there is a diverse ground flora that includes marsh-loving flowers such as foamy white meadowsweet and bright pink ragged robin. In pools among the reeds and sedge are yellow splashes of iris and marsh-marigold.

We remove sycamores to allow the alder to regenerate, and cut back the reedbed on rotation to prevent reversion to woodland.

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map