Know before you go
Parking informationLimited parking (more parking available at Minchinhampton common GL6 9HH)
Grazing animalsThere are no grazing animals at Box Wood.
Access is from Box or Minchinhampton, via Box Lane. From Box, turn right off Box Lane down a small farm track at the sharp turn left shortly after St Barnabas' Church. Head south-west on Box Ln and then turn right onto Common Road. You can find parking on the left.
When to visit
Opening timesAll day, every day.
Best time to visitLate Spring - Summer
About the reserve
Box Wood was bought by residents in 2017 and is managed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust with help from regular volunteers. The nature reserve supports more than 450 species, of which 58 are protected, and requires careful management to ensure that wildlife can thrive.
The site comprises areas of hazel trees and box trees, making it an ideal habitat for elusive hazel dormice.
In the spring there are masses of flowers including wood anemones, blue bells and ramsons (wild garlic). In the summer keep your eyes peeled for bird’s-nest orchids among the beech trees, and common spotted orchids and early purple orchids in the glade.
Great spotted woodpeckers and tawny owls can be heard in the small block of oak trees, while nuthatches and tree creepers can be observed scaling the trees.
Box Wood also has several babbling limestone streams running down to area of wet ground, formally a pond, and carr woodland at the bottom of the valley.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Staff and volunteers are managing the woodland by reintroducing coppicing, creating open areas of grassland (glades) and clearing invasive species.