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Siccaridge Wood

Siccaridge is a wonderful example of an ancient coppiced woodland, a joy at any time of year, but in spring boasts carpets of bluebells.

The wood is in the Frome Valley and is about half a mile west of Sapperton. It is adjacent to the Sapperton Valley and Daneway Banks nature reserves. This is semi-natural ancient woodland has been managed as coppice for hundreds of years and is situated next to the Thames and Severn Canal. Access to the reserve is either from the canal towpath or from the road to Daneway and Tunley.

The wood includes ash, silver birch and beech and there is a glade noted for its lily-of-the-valley. Uncommon species found in Siccaridge Wood include angular Solomon’s-seal, herb Paris and bird’s nest orchid. Bluebells carpet the woodland floor in spring.

The reserve is part of the National Dormouse Monitoring Scheme, where monitoring takes place monthly. There are also huge wood ant nests throughout the woodland floor and the open rides attract silver washed fritillary and comma butterflies. 

Historical records have been traced to the mid 16th century (1576). At that time it was called Sickeridge Coppice and it belonged to the lord of the manor (being Bisley). The name Siccaridge comes from the old English sicor hyreg which means 'secure, safe ridge'. The Bathhurst Estate acquired the wood in 1861.

Siccaridge Wood is part of the Golden Valley Wildlife Way, which includes Strawberry BanksDaneway Banks and Three Groves Wood nature reserves. 


Nearby nature reserves

Daneway Banks
0 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Sapperton Valley
0 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Three Groves Wood
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Between Sapperton and Oakridge.
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Great for...
a family day out
getting away from it all
historical interest
lichens and mosses
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Mar - Jun
Jan - Dec
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26.60 hectares

Walking information
This reserve is part of the Golden Valley Wildlife Way.
Park in the small lay-by at the bottom of the hill where there is parking for only 3 cars. Walk across the old canal bridge and turn left into the wood.
Dogs must be on lead
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Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333