Important oak hornbeam woodland where broad-leaved helleborines and butterflies thrive.

Danemead consists of valley mire, unimproved damp acid grassland, scrub, stream and hornbeam woodland. The wood in which Danemead is located is known to possess significant archaeological and historic interest. The site is bounded by the major Roman road, Ermine Street and by the north end of Martin's Green. The damp meadow at the centre of the site supports a rich variety of wildflowers, including meadowsweet and devil's-bit scabious. Butterflies are abundant and include the white admiral.


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Nearby nature reserves

Hobbyhorse Wood
2 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Balls Wood
2 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Hertford Heath
2 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

EN11 8GG
Map reference
TL 346 077
Great for...
historical interest
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
5.60 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Some uneven ground on site.
Walking information
Butterfly Trail/Sculpture Trail in Broxbourne Woods; River to Wood Trail (starts in Lee Valley Regional Park); Hertfordshire Way; Hertfordshire Chain Walk
Car parking for the reserve is located off Cock Lane, Hoddesdon, at the Martin's Green car park.
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Yes, sheep graze the meadows January - early April.
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901