Know before you go
Parking informationNo official parking. Park on road where restrictions allow.
Hertfordshire Way runs closeby.
Varied ground conditions.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril 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.
Spring: 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
Bus: 331 – Silver Ball Café (1.4 miles).
Rail: Royston (4.6 miles).