Although once the scene of royal hunts during the 11th Century, this ancient woodland is now a haven for birdwatchers trying to catch a glimpse of 158 different species. It is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its wide range of habitats – ancient broadleaf woodland and pasture, grassland, heath and wetland. It’s also easily accessible from London and has free parking on site.
Things to do, see and make
We’ve got some perfect pastimes for chilly, woodland adventures.
1. Brave a leaf storm…
Nature Detectives scheme has over 220 fun, free activity sheets for families to download as inspiration for trips out. Ideas for autumn play include creating a leaf storm, building a giant bird’s nest and making woodland potions.
2. Be a seasonal scientist
Nature’s Calendar is one of the longest running citizen science surveys in the UK, which asks members of the public to help track the changing seasons. So, keep a look out for leaf tint and fruit ripening, and log your dates online.
Our top ten woods are just a handful of our 1,200 + sites across the UK. We want everyone to find a wood near them, and enjoy all it has to offer.