Betty Daw's Wood

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.


2 miles north west of Newent, at Four Oaks near Oxenhall
A static map of Betty Daw's Wood

Know before you go

9 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

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




No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to May

About the reserve

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 converted to a high forest with sessile oak in the 1850s. The reserve boasts 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, great 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 for this area is available on request from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)