Hawkins Wood Nature Reserve

Hawkins Wood Nature Reserve © Charlotte Hussey

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

Location

Between Buntingford and Royston
Royston
Hertfordshire
SG8 9RA

OS Map Reference

TL 338 350
A static map of Hawkins Wood

Know before you go

Size
10 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Parking information

No official parking. Park on road where restrictions allow.

Walking trails

Hertfordshire Way runs closeby.

Access

Varied ground conditions.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

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

Directions

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
Bus:
331 – Silver Ball Café (1.4 miles).
Rail: Royston (4.6 miles).

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