Stoke Wood End Quarter
Know before you go
Parking informationPark in layby on right, just before Bowd Lane Wood on right on B669
Steep slopes, no paths in WT area, rough ground
Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMarch to June, July to September
About the reserve
Because it has been undisturbed for such a long time, the wood contains a great variety of plants. The soil is mainly calcareous clay, which encourages wood anemone, wood-sorrel, primrose and early-purple orchid. Bluebell and dog's mercury are common, and the uncommon herb-Paris grows among them. In June enchanter's-nightshade, sanicle, meadowsweet, greater butterfly-orchid and twayblade come in to flower. The waterlogged areas of the wood have brooklime, wild angelica, wood-sedge and three species of rush.
Oak and ash are the dominant trees, while hazel and blackthorn are abundant, providing excellent habitat for many small mammals. In spring the wood is full of bird song and the drumming of woodpeckers. Treecreeper and nuthatch are often seen while sparrowhawk and tawny owl nest in the wood. Butterflies feed in the sunlit glades - green-veined white, comma, small tortoiseshell and skippers are common.