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Collin Park Wood

Lying within the gently-rolling countryside around the River Leadon, Collin Park Wood nature reserve is an area of ancient woodland which has been coppiced for centuries. It is a great place to submerge yourself in ancient woodland and admire plentiful woodland flowers through the spring and summer. In autumn, watch the colours change and look for the fruit of the wild service tree. Bird life is abundant all year round, with the distinctive call of the great spotted woodpecker joining the gentle melodies of willow warblers, chiffchaff and blackcap.

The woodland largely consists of small-leaved lime and sessile oak, but also contains one of the highest concentrations of the wild service tree in the county; a tree which today is rare, but was previously famed for its fruits or 'chequers', sold in bunches at markets as childrens sweets! 

A rich ground flora has foxglove, bluebell, yellow archangel, wood sage and wood-sorrel. An abundance of bird life includes the willow warbler, chiff chaff, black cap and the distinctive great spotted woodpecker.

Species and habitats

Blackcap, Wild Service tree, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bluebell

Nearby nature reserves

Ketford Bank
3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Gwen and Vera's Fields
3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Betty Daw's Wood
3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Upleadon, 2 miles north east of Newent, opposite Brand Green Fruit Farm
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Great for...
ancient trees
overwintering birds
spring flowers
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14.00 hectares

The woods have a wide gateway and can be uneven underfoot depending on the weather.
Walking information
The woodland is steep in places and can be uneven underfoot depending on the weather.
A wide gateway with space for up to four vehicles. Stone and aggregate surface, with no designated parking bays.
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333