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Betty Daw's Wood

Betty Daw's Wood is part of Dymock Woods, a large ancient woodland best known for its spectacular show of wild daffodils which occurs from early March to early April but it contains a wealth of other plants and animals such as the wild service tree, small-leaved lime and rare wood white butterfly.

An excellent example of ancient semi-natural woodland that is part of the Forestry Commission owned Dymock Woods. Betty Daw's Wood was originally managed as a coppice for charcoal and onverted to a high forest with sessile oak in the 1850s. The reserve boats a wealth of other wildlife such as wild service tree, small-leaved lime and bitter vetch, which is the food plant for the rare wood white butterfly. A nest box survey started in 1964 by the Gloucestershire Naturalists' Society is the second longest running scheme in Gloucestershire. The next boxes encourage almost 300 blue tit, grea tit and nuthatch to fledge each year. 

Betty Daw's Wood forms part of the Wild Daffodil Trail, a walk which takes in a number of wild daffodil sites in this 'Golden Triangle' of Gloucestershire!

A free walk leaflet is available in this area on request from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

Species and habitats

Wild Daffodil, Wild Service tree, Nuthatch, Great Tit, Blue Tit

Nearby nature reserves

Gwen and Vera's Fields
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
The Michael Harper Reserves (Queen's Wood)
2 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Vell Mill Daffodil Meadow
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

2 miles north west of Newent, at Four Oaks near Oxenhall.
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Great for...
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Mar - May
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8.80 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Walking information
A free walk leaflet is available in this area on request from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
No dogs allowed
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Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333