Magical Woodlands

Some of Gloucestershire's best-loved wildlife depend on our woodlands for their survival.

Our annual autumn woodland management provides the conditions for the right amount of light to reach the woodland floor, allowing species like bluebells, wild garlic and wood anemone to bloom in spring. This way food sources are abundant for invertebrates and mammals waking from hbernation, like the precious dormouse and a variety of bats, including barbastelle and Bechstein's.





"Traditional woodland management techniques like coppicing ensure a mosaic of different ages among the tree species. This gives richer nesting and feeding opportunuities for wildlife. The enhancement of rides and glades makes open spaces through the woodland to allow bats and butterflies to move freely. And by leaving dead trees, and creating hedges with dead wood, we encourage a host of invertebrates and fascinating fungi - a vital food source. It all creates the right conditions for nesting and hibernating." Neil Lodge Lower Woods Reserve Manager 






Woodland nature reserves

  • Lower Woods, near Wickwar. Species to look out for in spring include bluebells, wood anemone, song thrush and warblers. Species to look out for in summer and early autumn include butterfly orchid, devils-bit scabious, ragged-robin, silver washed fritillary, and spectacular autumn colour of beeches, wild serveice tree and spindle.
  • Cooper's Hill, near Cranham. Species to look out for include speckled wood butterfly, early purple orchid, bird's-nest orchid, elder and beech.
  • Siccaridge Wood, Sapperton. Species to look out for include bluebells, lily-of-the-valley, hazel dormouse, wood ants, and the scarce angular solomon's seal.
  • Ban-y-gor Woods,  Tutshill. Species found here include hazel dormouse, hazel, small-leaved lime, field maple and bluebell
  • Lancaut, Tutshill. Look out for peregrine falcons, cormorants and herons along the river, with wild service tree, small-leaved lime and yew in the woodland.
  • Betty Daw's Wood, part of Dymock wood, famous for it's carpet of wild daffodils in early spring.
  • Collin Park Wood, near Upleadon. Carpet of bluebells can be found in the spring, beneath small-leaved lime, sessile oak, wild service tree.
  • Midger Wood, near Lower and Upper Kilcott. Spring wildflowers include bluebells, wild garlic and herb Paris, with woodland birds such as willow warbler, marsh tit, great spotted woodpecker and song thrush.
  • Three Groves Wood, near Chalford. Part of an ancient beech wood with bluebells, primroses, yellow archangel and common dog-violet.
  • Laurie Lee Wood, Slad. Brilliant for white helleborine and bluebells in spring.
  • Hobbs Quarry, between longhope and Dursley Cross. Brilliant for fossil hunting, and is great for dormice, treecreeper, nuthatch and long-tailed tit.
  • Frith Wood, near Bulls' cross. Home to wood barley, white helleborine, yellow's bird nest, with spectacular bluebell displays.
  • Chedworth, between Chedworth and Withington. Brilliant for bats, beech, oak and hazel . 
  • Arle Grove, near Whittington.