Barford Wood and Meadows
Know before you go
Flat overall, tarmac or firm grass paths. Part of reserve prone to flooding after heavy rain.
Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to July
About the reserve
Once part of Rockingham Forest – which until the late 1700s was a large expanse of woodland, parkland and small-scale farmland – this reserve contains habitats that include hay meadows, parkland and newly-planted woodland.
The hay meadow is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, rich with flowers of various colours in early summer. The blossoms lure many butterflies with their nectar: orange tip, small copper, dingy, grizzled and a variety of small and large skippers. The larvae of the day-flying chimney sweeper moth feed on the pignut that grows in the meadow alongside other flowers such as meadow saxifrage, common knapweed and great burnet.
Once the meadow has been cut for hay we graze it with sheep to limit the growth of grasses. The woodland area is divided between mixed plantings of young oak, ash and field maple and areas of coppice hazel with open glades between.