Tewin Orchard and Hopkyns Wood
Know before you go
Parking informationVisitors can park just inside the reserve gate entrance.
The Orchard is fairly flat with the woodland steep in places and not as accessible.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to November
About the reserve
Tewin Orchard represents an almost extinct feature of the English countryside: that of small village orchards with varied and often local fruit varieties. Today the orchard is great for apples
and pears and home to a wide variety of wildlife. In autumn and winter the apples attract large numbers of redwings, fieldfares and blackbirds. Other birds using the orchard include yellowhammers, greenfinches, linnets and goldfinches. In contrast, Hopkyns Wood is a shady oak and hornbeam wood with ground flora dominated by bluebells and wild garlic in springtime.
Spring: Apple blossom, badger, bluebells, deer, red kite,
Summer: Green-veined white, lesser whitethroat, painted lady.
Autumn: Fungi, house martin, swallow, yellowhammer.
Winter: Bullfinch, fieldfare, redwing.
Deep in Tewin Orchard lies a mammal hide facing a sprawling badger sett of more than ten badgers. We are thrilled to offer an evening of badger watching here - a special night you’re sure to remember!
As well as our resident badgers you are also likely to see foxes, owls and a variety of other wildlife in natural surroundings.
Site entrance: Reserve entrance off Upper Green Road.
Access by road: On B1000 from Welwyn Garden City to Hertford turn left through Tewin. Carry on towards Burnham Green, passing Tewin cricket ground on the left. Immediately after a bend in the road turn right into Tewin Orchard.
Access by public transport
Bus: 378, 388, 204 – Upper Green (0.3 miles).
Rail: Welwyn North (2 miles).