Coming Events

A spring-time walk in a National Nature Reserve

Join Tim Starsmore-Sutton and Ruth Angrave from Natural England for a guided walk through Collyweston Great Wood as it comes back to life. You normally need a special permit to visit this exceptional woodland, so this rare opportunity is not to be missed.
Collyweston Great Wood

Wednesday 20th April
10:00  - 13:00


National Nature Reserves (NNRs) were established to protect some of our most important habitats, species and geology.  There are only 225 of these special places in England and Collyweston Great Wood is one of them because of its unique ancient lime woodland which is rich in wildlife.

Much of the wood has been coppiced for centuries, formerly by the inhabitants of Collyweston village who specialised in making rope from the fibrous bark of the Small-leaved Lime trees. This traditional management of the trees continues to this day, though the timber now mainly goes for firewood. 

In April the woodland will be looking at its best with trees coming into leaf. We should see and smell Bluebells, Wood Anemones, Wild Garlic and other rarer flowers. Most of the migrant birds will have arrived back, filling the wood with song as they establish their territories.

Few local people have ever visited this part of Rockingham Forest because access is normally by permit only and there are no Public Rights of Way. We will be restricting numbers to 20 people.

Ancient Small-leaved Lime.jpg

Access to Collyweston Great wood is off the A47 trunk road, east of the crossing with the A43 near Duddington.  The actual meeting point and parking instructions will be sent to those who book.

Distance: approx 2 miles or 5km. Various walking surfaces along hard tracks and grassy rides. 
Dogs are not permitted on the reserve. 

Please book places by email if you intend to come.   We will confirm full details two days before the walk.