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Combs Wood

An ancient woodland with a history stretching as far back as the Doomsday Book, Combs Wood is considerably botanically rich for such a small wood.

Specialties to look out for include moschatel, oxlip and wood anemone.

Combs Wood is an Ancient Woodland with a history stretching back as far as the Doomsday Book, it was recorded as 'a wood for 16 swine'.

The wood’s ancient origin and centuries of coppicing are responsible for the blankets of wildflowers. A sunny day in April or May elicits a riot of birdsong from chiffchaff, willow warbler and blackcap. This is a good time to admire the plant life too as it is in full splendor with displays of early-purple orchid, ransom and ragged robin. 

Where nectar rich plants thrive so do many woodland butterfly's including orange tip, speckled wood, brown argus, small copper, and common blue. Dragon and damselflies are also a common sight in the wood. In the summer look out for banded demoiselle, broad bodied chaser, brown hawker and southern hawker. Moths recorded include mother shipton, straw dot, common carpet and swallow tailed moth.

Nearby nature reserves

Bonny Wood
3 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Mickfield Meadow
7 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Papermill Reedbed
7 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Combs Ford, near Stowmarket
IP14 2EH
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GPS Info
Parking along Church road in cemetery. Take footpath through Church or at the top of lane through Holyoak farm.

Great for...
ancient trees
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Mar - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
17.00 hectares

Walking information
Muddy in winter and spring
Park on Church Road, Combs Ford
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
William Cranstoun
Tel: 01284 728541


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