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Bull's Wood

Bull's Wood, an ancient woodland, is famed for its oxslips.

So tranquil that it comes as a surprise to encounter another soul in these ancient woods.

This ancient woodland is the last fragment of the many woods of Cockfield, referred to in the Hundred Rolls of 1279. In spring rare oxlips carpet parts of the woodland floor. Early-purple orchid are abundant here and you’ll see spurge-laurel, wood anemone and herb-paris – all uncommon plants associated with ancient woodland.

Birds include chiffchaff, treecreeper, tawny owl, marsh and long-tailed tit. Many of the rides have been widened to create sunny, grassy glades enjoyed by butterflies such as speckeld wood, gatekeeper and orange tip.

The wood’s long history of coppicing is being continued by local volunteers. This traditional method of harvesting wood creates a mosaic of wildlife habitats and encourages the spectacular show of spring flowers. The coppiced trees are mostly ash, hazel and field maple while the oaks are normally left to mature into standard trees.

Nearby nature reserves

Bradfield Woods
2 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Grove Farm
7 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Groton Wood
8 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Between Cockfield and Great Green
Bury St Edmund's
IP30 0HD
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GPS Info
Park at Palmers Farm on concrete next to Bulls wood sign.Turn south-east in to farm drive at small triangular green.

Great for...
ancient trees
getting away from it all
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
12.00 hectares
Walking information
Wet and muddy in winter
At Palmers Farm on concrete next to Bulls Wood
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
William Cranstoun
Tel: 01284 728541


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