Raveley Wood - Pat Doody

Raveley Wood - Pat Doody

Hypnum cupressiforme at Raveley Wood NR

Hypnum cupressiforme at Raveley Wood NR - Sarah Lambert

A fragment of once-great wildwood, now an important woodland sanctuary

Location

3.5 miles south of
Ramsey
Cambridgeshire

OS Map Reference

TL 244 817
A static map of Raveley Wood

Know before you go

Size
6 hectares

Entry fee

No

Walking trails

Wide level paths

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

spring and summer

About the reserve

As with many of the other small woods in the area, Raveley puts on a stunning display of flowers in the spring including bluebells, primrose, goldilocks buttercup and the locally scarce wood speedwell. As well as oak, ash and field maple, the wood has elm trees, many of which have unfortunately been killed by Dutch elm disease. The wood is a national stronghold of the rare white-spotted pinion moth which is dependent on elms. 

During the summer you may see the white-letter hairstreak butterfly flitting around the trees or along the grassy rides and glades. The dead elms have also provided much valuable deadwood habitat and give the wood a rich variety of fungi to spot in the autumn. A large bank of earth found close to the wood's entrance is part of a Medieval wood bank that defined the woodland boundary. Lying within the wood's boundary to the east is part of a system of moats and fish ponds believed to be originally connected with Ramsey Abbey.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

Ancient Woodland
County Wildlife Site