Crowsheath Wood Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationThere is parking at Hanningfield Reservoir which is an easy walking distance, otherwise there is limited parking at the entrance of the track leading up to the reserve
Bicycle parkingThere is parking at Hanningfield Reservoir
Grazing animalsYes, sheep in spring and autumn
A couple of circular paths through the wood
Un-surfaced paths except for the entrance track, which can be slippery and muddy when wet
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitSpring and autumn
About the reserve
Step through this mix of open land and ancient coppice woodland, with its old Oaks, Hornbeam, Field Maple and Wild Service trees. The recently coppiced western side of the wood has opened up the woodland floor to a whole swathe of different plants and wildlife.
In spring, the woodland floor is awash with a sea of blue and white when the Bluebells and Wood Anemones bloom, while Primroses, Pignut and Ragged Robins show off their bright colours a little later. Butter yellow Lesser Spearwort grows in the ponds in the centre of the woods, while Sedge Warblers, Woodpeckers, Nuthatch can be seen flying through the trees - make sure you listen out for the song of an occasional Nightingale too!