A fragment of ancient woodland nested in a working farm

Location

5 miles south west of
Ramsey
Cambridgeshire

OS Map Reference

TL 225 816
A static map of Gamsey Wood

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Entry fee

No

Walking trails

150m of grass track to entrance, can be very rutted. Paths in reserve can be muddy in wet weather.

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

spring

About the reserve

Gamsey Wood, dominated by ash and field maple trees, is situated where the clay uplands adjoin the Fenland Basin. Along with nearby woods - Lady's Wood and Raveley Wood - Gamsey Wood is believed to be a fragment of the ancient forest that covered much of this area in Saxon times.

Gamsey Wood is renowned for its displays of spring flowers including bluebell, wood anemene and yellow archangel. There are several wild-service trees in the wood, whose speckled berries were once used to make an alcoholic drink called chequers.

The site is home to the white-letter hairstreak butterfly and white-spotted pinion moth, both elm dependent species. Fieldfare and redwing visit during the winter.

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

Ancient Woodland
County Wildlife Site