Know before you go
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
Ridley Bottom nature reserve comprises a small ancient woodland coupe and three small fields whose size has prevented agricultural improvement and allowed common spotted, heath spotted and lesser butterfly orchids to thrive alongside cowslips, field scabious and yellow-wort. The ancient lime hedgerows are laid within the reserve to provide routes for small mammals from neighbouring woods onto further meadows and beyond. Connected to Ridley Bottom nature reserve by public footpaths are ‘Poors Allotment’ acid grassland and ‘The Park’ heathland restoration area.