50.34 ha (124.39 acres)

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Explorer 192
OS Landranger 152

Badgers are present and a number of deer (particularly muntjac) frequent the woodland. The woodland was once a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its invertebrate records but was unfortunately de-notified many years ago after extensive felling and replanting in its previous ownership. Recent surveys have shown that some butterfly species such as the wood white and purple hairstreak are present on the site. The wood white is a rediscovery having last been seen in the 1980s and thought to be locally extinct. These species may be responding to increasing light levels in the woodland particularly along the ride edges where there is a greater range of vegetation due to ride management and restoration.


  • Parking at site
  • Public access
  • Autumn colour
  • Spring flowers
  • Waymarked walk
  • Broadleaved woodland
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College Wood Management Plan

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