Know before you go
Parking informationpark at Severn Trent car Park at the southern end of the reservoir, LE65 1RN
Permit required, please contact the Trust.
Difficult access for wheelchairs.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSpring for bluebells, evening for bats, autumn for fungi
About the reserve
This woodland reserve is a beautiful sight in May, when bluebells carpet much of the woodland floor.
As well as a mixture of trees including birch, oak, ash and alder, the streams that run through the reserve create a different habitat, where golden opposite-leaved saxifrage grows in spring.
The trees provide nesting sites for many birds, including great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and treecreeper. The older trees occasionally attract hornets, which may be seen hunting along the path.
During autumn you will see - or smell - several species of fungus, including stinkhorn, while the dying birch trees have birch bracket fungus.
From the hide, there are good views over the southern part of Staunton Harold Reservoir and in winter you will see many species of duck, including wigeon, shoveler, pochard and tufted duck. In muddy areas, look for the tracks of fallow deer.