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Stocking Springs Wood

Nestling amongst the wooded estates of central Hertfordshire, this small wood is a beautiful example of traditional coppice management and its value to wildlife.

At Stocking Springs Wood gnarled and twisted trees throw a dense shade. Recently coppiced trees can be seen and here the light can get to the ground, encouraging many wildflowers. In spring the woodland floor is a carpet of bluebells and wild daffodils. Other plants such as wood anemones, wood violets, early purple orchids and yellow archangel indicate that this is an ancient woodland. Among the coppiced hornbeam there are tall oak standards and these provide nesting sites for birds such as the nuthatches, great spotted woodpeckers and treecreepers, among many others.


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Reserve information

Stocking Springs Wood
Map reference
TL 203 155
Great for...
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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1.10 hectares
Access to the reserve is open at all times. Unsurfaced path which is level but narrow in places.
On the B653 from Wheathampstead to Lemsford, take the left turn towards Codicote. Stay on Codicote Road (do not turn into Hill Farm Lane), reserve on left hand side. Park in the small layby opposite reserve entrance.
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901