Further into the woodlands you will find a mix of naturally growing native trees like oak, ash, beech and holly with added exotic species like monkey puzzle and grand firs. Other species that were introduced to the woodlands include laurel and rhododendron.

They were planted for the thick ground cover they provide, ideal for sheltering pheasants and other game birds that were raised and hunted on site over 100 years ago. Today these species grow fast and out compete with all the native plants that make British woodlands so unique. Part of the rangers work is to remove these bushes, making way for the flowers and plants of mixed British woodland.

Woodlands and bluebells

A great feature of the woodlands are the ancient hedge boundaries. Often built on banks it is here you will find the oldest trees on site, some date back 250 years. Other smaller trees have been laid flat to create dense hedges, as they thicken up birds and small mammals will use them as habitat. As the District Council does not own all the land it is not possible to walk round the whole of the Reservoir. However there is a good surface path and wooden boardwalk that will help you take in most of the Reserve.

The path winds through the woodland and reed beds and gives good views across the reservoir. The bird hide open from 8.00am - 3.30pm is the best place for bird watching with grebes, kingfishers and little egrets common. We strive to keep the hide open for as many daylight hours as possible, but we apologise if you find it locked.