Gobions Wood Nature Reserve

Gobions Wood Nature Reserve © Amy Lewis

A fantastic woodland for bluebells and wood anemones in the spring, and diverse fungi in the autumn.

Location

Off Mymms Drive, Brookmans Park.
Potters Bar
Hertfordshire
AL9 7AF
A static map of Gobions Wood

Know before you go

Size
36 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Parking information

No official parking. Park on the residential road or in the car park on Moffats Lane.

Access

Fairly solid woodland paths and some boarded walkways.

Dogs

On a lead
No dogs in enclosures. In other areas dogs are permitted on leads.

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July, September to November

About the reserve

This rich reserve is primarily woodland but also includes grassland, hedges and ponds. Much of the woodland is ancient. It also contains remnants of a landscaped 18th century ‘pleasure gardens’. The woodland is renowned locally for its display of bluebells and is particularly good for fungi; 558 species have been found – with two of these being new records for the UK and over 100 of which are rare or scarce in Hertfordshire.

Seasonal Highlights
Spring:
 Bluebells, blackcap, chiffchaff, moshatel, wood anemone, wood sorrel.
Summer: Buzzard, great spotted woodpecker, longtailed tit, nuthatch.
Autumn: 558 recorded fungi including chicken of the woods.
Winter: Goldcrest, redwing, sparrowhawk.

Directions

Site entrance:Various footpaths lead into the reserve from:
- Mymms Drive
- car park on Jonas Way, Moffats Lane
- Blue House Hill public footpath.

Access by road: From Potters Bar head north on A1000 Great North Road for two miles. Turn left into Mymms Drive. The reserve entrance is 0.2 miles on the left.

Access by public transport
Bus:
200,201, 312, 610, 841, 841A) – Great North Way nr Mymms Drive (0.2 miles).
Rail: Brookmans Park (0.6 miles).

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