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Hawkins Wood

A quiet woodland haven which provides good opportunities to see brown hares and deer.

This wood is shown on maps dating from 1766, but is thought to be much older; documents from 1676 mention the wood and link it to a man by the name of John Hawkins. It is separated into North, South and Central compartments by what are thought to be medieval banks and ditches. The hedgerows, open fields and small woodlands around Hawkins Wood provide habitat for several of these species including bullfinch, linnet, yellowhammer, corn bunting, song thrush and grey partridge. Woodcock are known to use the wood in winter.


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Finding Hawkins Wood

Site entrance: From Kelshall Lane footpath. Walk up the track that goes past the house on the green. Follow the track for about 0.6 miles and Hawkins Wood is on the left.

Access by road: From Therfield head south east for one mile onto Rooks Nest Lane. Reserve is near junction with Dane End. Park on road and walk along public footpath.

Parking: No official parking. Park on road where restrictions allow.

Nearby nature reserves

Blagrove Common
1 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Fox Covert
3 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Ashwell Quarry and Quarry Springs
6 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Between Buntingford and Royston
Map reference
TL 338 350
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Access to the reserve is open at all times, with varied ground conditions.
Walking information
Hertfordshire Way runs closeby
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901