16.01 ha (39.56 acres)

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Darrick Wood is ancient woodland, and was an important source of fuel, timber and wood products, obtained by regular coppicing through the ages. Flint scrapers and fire-cracked stones found around Darrick & Newstead Woods show the area was used by man over 4000 years ago. In the Domesday Book (1087) it was part of Crofton Manor which was sold in the early 1500s to Sir Robert Rede, Chief Justice for Henry VII and VIII. The wood is criss crossed with a number of paths. Tawny owls, bullfinches, fieldfares, redwings and green woodpeckers have been spotted. Woodpeckers can be seen in the meadow looking for yellow meadow ants during the summer.