Westhouse Wood Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationLimited parking on the access track
A circular footpath leads around the wood and up
The path slopes in places and can be slippery when wet
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
Although small in size, this little pocket of ancient woodland is brimming with Hazel Coppice, Small-leaved Lime, Crab Apple and Rowan trees, mixed between the trunks of old Oaks, Ash and Sweet Chestnut, Holly and Field Maple.
Look to the branches for a variety of birds species that call this wood home, while in spring the coppiced areas boast Bluebells and Wood Anemones, their purple and white flowers providing a splash of colour among the green leaves. Into autumn and the leaves fade to red and gold as they start to fall. Wandering through the woodland clearings beautiful Foxgloves can be found growing in the cleared areas.
Have a look for the three small ponds, where you can try and spot Smooth Newts and Frogs coming up for a breath of air.