Fir and Pond Woods
Know before you go
Parking informationPark in the layby opposite Oshwal Centre.
There are three marked trails – Blue, Red and Yellow Trail.
Woodland and grass paths. Can be muddy.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
This is widely thought to be the best remaining part of the ancient Enfield Chase with diverse woodland, meadow and wetland habitats supporting an abundance of wildlife. The woods are rich in birdlife including woodpeckers, 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. The reserve is one of the best places to spot dragonflies and damselflies in the county.
Spring: Great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper, wood sorrel.
Summer: Azure damselfly, brown hawker, common knapweed, emperor dragonfly, gatekeeper.
Autumn: Parasol, waxcap.
Winter: Fieldfare, redwing.
Site entrance:Reserve can be accessed off Coopers Lane Road (opposite the Oshwal Centre). There are also two entrances from local footpaths.
Access by road: From Potters Bar High Street (A1000) take the B156 towards Northaw and Cuffley. In 0.5 miles turn right into Coopers Lane Road. The reserve is about 0.5 miles on the right.
Access by public transport
Bus: 242 – The Causeway, Potters Bar. (1 mile).
Rail: Potters Bar (2 miles).