Orange-tip butterfly

Orange-tip butterfly - Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Shepherd's Close

A recently replanted woodland with an abundance of interesting fungi species


5.5 miles west of
A static map of Shepherd's Close

Know before you go

1 hectare

Entry fee


Walking trails

Wide rough path on slight gradient


5.5 miles west of


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

spring and autumn

About the reserve

This site was donated to the Wildlife Trust in 1966 as a poplar plantation. In 1984 it was replanted as a mixed woodland of ash, maple and oak with naturally invading elm, hawthorn and blackthorn.

The site has passed through many phases and its biological interest has likewise changed. In 1984 it had common spotted-orchid, cowslip and adder's-tongue fern. Between 1988 and 1993 an amazing 319 species of moths were recorded, while in 1991 a total of 224 birds of 22 species were caught and ringed as part of the national monitoring scheme.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Location map

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Betony at Upwood Meadows June  - c. Robert Enderby

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