Stocking Springs Wood Nature Reserve

Stocking Springs Wood © Claire Grey

Stocking Springs Wood

Nestling amongst the wooded estates of central Hertfordshire, this small wood is a beautiful example of traditional coppice management and its value to wildlife.

Location

Stocking Springs Wood
Wheathampstead
Hertfordshire
AL6 9BL

OS Map Reference

TL 203 155
A static map of Stocking Springs Wood

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Parking information

No official parking but there is a small layby opposite the reserve to park in.

Access

Unsurfaced path is level but narrow in places and not suitable for wheelchairs.

Dogs

Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

At Stocking Springs Wood gnarled and twisted trees throw a dense shade in some areas, while in others regularly coppiced trees can be seen and here the light can get to the ground, encouraging many beautiful wildflowers; in spring the woodland floor is a carpet of bluebells and wild daffodils. Other plants such as wood anemones, wood violets and yellow archangel indicate that this is an ancient woodland. Among the coppiced hornbeam there are tall oak standards and these provide nesting sites for birds such as the nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker and treecreeper, among many others.

Seasonal Highlights
Spring:
 Blackcap, brown argus, dingy and grizzled skipper, garden warbler, orange tip.
Summer: Clustered bellflower, dark green and lesser fritillary, marbled white, meadow brown, ringlet, small blue, whitethroat.
Autumn: Comma, fieldfare, small copper, redwing.
Winter: Buzzard, goldcrest, nuthatch, red kite, treecreeper.

Directions

Site entrance: There is an entrance at either end of this reserve. The main signposted entrance can be found on
Codicote Road.

Access by road: Head north on B651 through Wheathampstead. Turn right at the roundabout and then take the first left onto Codicote Road. The
reserve is approximately 1.25 miles along the road on the lefthand side. Stay on Codicote Road (do not turn into Hill Farm Lane).

Access by public transport
Bus:
45, 366, 610, 657, 866 – Rose Lane, Wheathampstead (1.8 miles).
Rail: Welwyn North (3.6 miles), Welwyn Garden City (3.8 miles).

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