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Balls Wood

A sizeable and varied woodland, where plantations of conifers contrast with old coppiced hornbeams.

The northern parth of this woodland is the oldest and varies from mature hornbeam coppice to mixed woodland of ash and field maple. Throughout the woods there are open and sunny rides, which abound with butterflies; in spring they are full of birdsong and wildflowers. Breeding birds include great spotted woodpecker and sparrowhawk.


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Reserve information

Hertford Heath Village
Hertford Heath
SG13 7PW
Map reference
TL 348 106
Great for...
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Sep - Nov
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Opening Times
Open at all times
58.50 hectares
Access to the reserve is open at all times.
Walking information
Please do not enter the woodland areas. Wellingtons are normally necessary
Limited parking on Roundings Road
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Tel: 01727 858901


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