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Tewin Orchard and Hopkyns Wood

This traditional village orchard has locally distinct fruit varieties and a hide which is perfect for watching badgers and other mammals from.

Tewin Orchard represents an almost extinct feature of the English countryside: that of small village orchards with varied and often local fruit trees. Today not only is the orchard good for apples and pears but many forms of wildlife. In autumn and winter the apples attract large numbers of redwings, fieldfares and blackbirds. Other birds using the orchard include yellowhammers, greenfinches, linnets and goldfinches. In contrast, Hopkyns Wood is a shady oak and hornbeam wood with ground flora dominated by bluebells and garlic-smelling ransoms in springtime. Its real secret is the old and complex badger sett.

 

Badger Watching

Opened in 2006, The Audrey Randall Hide is a purpose built facility and is managed jointly with the Herts & Middlesex Badger Group. There is every possibility that you will see badgers as the sett is just across the field in neighbouring woodland and is home to more than ten badgers. You are also likely to see foxes, muntjac deer and owls, as well as a variety of wildlife in natural surroundings.

 

The hide is open from April until mid-October. The hide can be booked by calling 07733 051760 (this number is staffed by volunteers from March 1st until September 30th). Please call between 8-9 am or 7-9pm ONLY: outside of these times, or if there is no answer, please text your name and preferred date and someone will get back to you.

Bookings are taken from the first of the month for the following month (for example; on April 1st bookings commence for May).

 

If you are interested in volunteering at this site please click here to see if there are any volunteering opportunities coming up in the future.

Nearby nature reserves

Tewinbury
1 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Waterford Heath
3 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Lemsford Springs
4 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Tewin Village
Welwyn Garden City
Hertfordshire
AL6 0LZ
Map reference
TL 268 155
Best time to visit
May - Nov
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
4.30 hectares
Access
Access to the reserve is open at all times. Boggy and muddy ground in places.
Walking information
Good walking shoes recommended. See Tewin Village website for local footpaths.
Parking
Parking just inside the reserve gate entrance, off Orchard Road.
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901
info@hmwt.org