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Stoke Wood End Quarter

Part of a larger woodland noted for its plant life

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.


The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

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Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

2 miles from
Map reference
SP 800 859
Best time to visit
Mar - Jun
Jul - Sep
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0.70 hectares

Walking information
Steep slopes, no paths in WT area, rough ground
Park in layby on right, just before Bowd Lane Wood on right on B669
Dogs must be on lead
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Tel: 01604 405285