Shadwell Wood Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationPark by the track to Little Hales Wood on the opposite side of the road
Lots of circular paths to walk around
Flat terrain with unsurfaced paths that can be wet and slippery
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitSpring and summer
About the reserve
A true wonder in spring and summer when the woodland floor is brimming with colourful flowers. A deer fence around the reserve has allowed the extremely rare Oxlip to thrive as well as a huge host of other flowers.
In early spring the Oxlips are joined by Wood Violets and Wood Anemones emerging from the woodland floor, that are then followed by Early Purple Orchids and a wonderful display of Bluebells. Into summer you will start seeing Common Spotted Orchids, Meadowsweet and Sanicle, making this reserve a fantastic place to visit to see the changing seasons.
Traditional coppicing methods have encouraged many summer visiting birds to nest. Listen out for the sound of Warblers, Blackcaps or Whitethroats that spend their summer here.
Did you know?
Oxlips only grow where the counties of Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk meet