Rammamere heath - Dudley Miles

Rammamere heath - Dudley Miles

King's Wood and Rammamere Heath

A beautiful woodland and heath with displays of bluebells in spring and heather in summer

Location

On the west side of Brickhill road, north of Heath and Reach.
Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire
LU7 0BA

OS Map Reference

SP 920 294
A static map of King's Wood and Rammamere Heath

Know before you go

Size
104 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Can be muddy and boggy in winter

Access

Yes

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to May, June to August

About the reserve

This magnificent wood is part of the largest area of deciduous woodland in Bedfordshire and its history can be traced back before the 15th century. King’s Wood is in multiple ownership and some of it is privately owned without public access. The nature reserve is within the Kings Wood and Rushmere National Nature Reserve managed jointly by the Wildlife Trust, The Greensand Trust, Tarmac and Central Bedfordshire Council. 

Straddling both the acidic sandy soils of the Greensand Ridge and the chalkier influence of the boulder clay, an intriguing variety of trees can be found in the wood, from multistemmed small-leaved lime to the sinewy trunks of hornbeam (a wood so strong it was once used to make gear wheels) to mighty oaks and silver birch trees.

There are seasonal ponds scattered throughout the wood. The drumming of the woodpecker heralds spring, when bluebells, primroses and lilyof- the-valley carpet the woodland floor. White admiral and silver-washed fritillary butterflies feed on bramble flowers, while nuthatches and treecreepers feed on insects. We cut the rides in the woodland to maintain access, and coppice the ride edges and other areas in the wood. 

The adjoining large Rammamere Heath provides a contrast to shaded beauty of the woodland. (We collaborate with the Greensand Trust and Tarmac over management of the heath.) Tree pipits are seen on the open heath and in summer adders bask on the sandy soil. The purple flowers of heather herald the end of summer, when autumn hues start to take the place of verdant growth both in the wood and on the heath with bracken stems dying back and trees losing their leaves. We graze the heathland, and clear bracken to allow the heather to thrive. 

Contact us

Reserves Manager
Contact number: 01234 364213

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)