Wappenbury Wood

A semi-natural woodland rich in plants

This reserve is a large semi-natural ancient woodland. It is rich in plants, butterflies and birds. Please note that Wappenbury Wood is closed to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Mentioned in the Domesday Book, records show that Richard of Wappenbury was given modest rights over the woods. By the end of the 15th Century, the wood was known by its present name and provided a source of fuel, building materials and hunting opportunities for the local community.

Medieval ridge and furrow plough markings found to the north of the woods, ancient bank boundaries, and the age-old pathway known as Nunwood Lane all provide further evidence of the woods’ age. Nearly clear-felled twice in the 1940s and 1950s, the wood was left to regenerate naturally, helping to increase diversity and contributing to its ecological excellence today. Now, with their network of grassy rides and glades, these beautiful woods offer tranquil walks through a wildlife treasure trove.

Historically, an impressive 88 species of birds have been recorded, with plentiful sightings of warblers, woodpeckers and tawny owl.

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  • Parking