Hawkins Wood

Hawkins Wood Nature Reserve

Hawkins Wood Nature Reserve © Charlotte Hussey

Hawkins Wood

Please note that Hawkins Wood is currently closed to visitors due to concerns over public safety related to ash dieback. Please viist our ash dieback page for more information. 

An ancient woodland which provides good opportunities to see bluebells in the spring.


Between Buntingford and Royston

OS Map Reference

TL 338 350
A static map of Hawkins Wood

Know before you go

10 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

No official parking. Park on road where restrictions allow.

Walking trails

Hertfordshire Way runs closeby.


Varied ground conditions.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

**This reserve is currently closed due to concerns over public safety relating to ash dieback. Visit our ash dieback page for more information**

The reserve is separated into north, south and central compartments by what are thought to be medieval banks and ditches. This quiet woodland provides habitat for several species of bird including bullfinch, linnet, yellowhammer and song thrush. Woodcock are known to use the wood in winter.

Seasonal Highlights
 Bluebells, brown hare, lesser celandine.
Summer: Buzzard, chaffinch, long-tailed tit, nuthatch.
Autumn/ Winter: Fieldfare, nuthatch, redwing, treecreeper.


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.

Access by public transport
331 – Silver Ball Café (1.4 miles).
Rail: Royston (4.6 miles).

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