Woodford Halse

Devil's bit scabious and hoverfly

Devil's bit scabious and hoverfly - Robert Enderby

Old railway cuttings; an important refuge for birds and butterflies


8 miles from
A static map of Woodford Halse

Know before you go

6 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Uneven grass paths, some steep slopes


Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

Two railway cuttings excavated around 100 years ago are now an important mosaic of scrub and grassland. The work exposed calcareous soil and the resulting grassland supports a number of plant species which are rare in the county. Over 160 species of flowering plant have been recorded, including knapweed and scabious. Adder's-tongue fern is found in some areas that are shaded by scrub.

The denser scrub provides winter feeding grounds for birds including fieldfare, redwing and wheatear and makes good nesting sites for lesser whitethroat, yellowhammer and linnet. The margins between scrub and grassland are significant for butterflies - seventeen species have been recorded.  

Additional information

  • Scroll down to see the reserve boundary. Please note the boundary map is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary. 

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Contact number: 01604 405285

Location map

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Betony at Upwood Meadows June  - c. Robert Enderby

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