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Fir and Pond Woods

A diverse woodland reserve that features a meadow dotted with ancient ant hills and a medieval fish pond.

This is widely thought to be the best remaining part of the ancient Enfield Chase with diverse woodland, meadow and wetland habitats which support an abundance of wildlife. The woods are rich in birdlife including woodpeckers, sparrowhawks, warblers and tits. At the southern end of Pond Wood there is an ancient meadow with woodland on three sides and Turkey Brook on the fourth. The meadow is rich in invertebrates, including butterflies, grasshoppers and large numbers of old ant hills.


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Reserve information

Fir and Pond Woods
Potters Bar
Map reference
TL 277 012
Great for...
ancient trees
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
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29.00 hectares
Access to the reserve is open at all times. Paths are generally level and firm in dry weather. Steep slopes in places, and can be muddy in winter.
Walking information
Wellingtons required in wet weather.
Layby opposite entrance to Oshwal Centre
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901