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Captain's Wood

Captain's Wood has passed through the hands of various bishops, noblemen and moneyed families over the past 1000 years

Fallow deer roam through one of the greatest expanses of bluebells in the county.

Step into Captains Wood and you step back one hundred years or more into a woodland habitat of ancient trees and wild flowers where deer roam freely, barn owls hunt the clearings and seven species of bat feed amongst the trees. In Spring, Captain’s Wood exhibits one of the most astonishing displays of bluebells to be found anywhere in Suffolk.

The woodland habitat varies from mostly open woodland with oak and birch to a large stand of almost pure hazel, clumps of mature Scots pine and lines of planted sweet chestnut. Veteran oak trees are found throughout much of the woodland, supporting several species of fungi and invertebrates which are dependent on the slowly rotting heartwood, notably oak polypore that is only known from six other sites in Britain.

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Captain's Wood has benefited from a gift in the will of Gloria Ford.




Bought with support from The Heritage Lottery Fund.

Species and habitats

Bluebell, Fallow Deer, English Oak, Barn Owl, Buzzard

Nearby nature reserves

Alde Mudflats
2 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Snape Marshes
3 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Hazlewood Marshes
3 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

School Road, Sudbourne
IP12 2BE
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GPS Info
From Sudbourne village take School road heading east. Pedestrian entrance on left, parking 200m beyond entrance on right hand side.

Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - May
Sep - Nov
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Opening Times
Open at all times
56.00 hectares

Circular pedestrian trail round reserve, damp and rough in places, though otherwise good. Three rustic benches around trail. Car park 400m from reserve entrance, with road walk necessary.
Walking information
Generally dry level trail around wood
Limited parking on School Lane
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Andrew Excell
Tel: 01394 411019


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