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Reydon Wood

Early-purple orchid, violet, twayblade, primrose and yellow archangel flourish

Early-purple orchid, violet, twayblade, primrose and yellow archangel flourish

Reydon Wood is a typical Suffolk ancient woodland with features characteristic of medieval coppice wood. The southern boundary consists of an impressive bank and ditch. In the wood itself there are many large coppice stools, some hundreds of years old.

Centuries of coppicing – the traditional way of havesting wood – have allowed sunlight to regularly flood the woodland floor resulting in a unique ground flora. To encourage this spectacular show of spring flowers the Trust is continuing coppice management and gradually removing planted conifers.

The wood is enriched by a network of rides that have been widened to create sun-drenched, grassy glades enjoyed by butterflies such as ringlet, gatekeeper, orange tip, speckled wood and painted Common lady. These open tracks are particularly rich in wildflowers with common spotted orchid, ragged-robin and fleabane in abundance.

Birds to look out for include tawny owl, sparrowhawk, long-tailed tit, woodcock and treecreeper. In spring, listen for blackcap and nightingale singing in the more recently coppiced areas.

Nearby nature reserves

Hen Reedbeds
1 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Church Farm
5 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Dunwich Forest
5 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Wood Lane off B1126 near Wangford
Southwold
Suffolk
IP18 6SL
Map reference
TM480788

GPS Info
Parking at junction of Wood lane, Rissemere lane east and Wood farm lane. Head west along Wood lane for pedestrian entrance.

Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
birdwatching
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
16.00 hectares
Status
County Wildlife Site
Access
Yes

Access difficult for those with poor mobility particularly in winter or wet weather as paths can be muddy and uneven
Walking information
Ground firm but can be wet after rain
Parking
At end of track leading to reserve
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Alan Miller
Tel: 01502 478788
alan.miller@suffolkwildlifetrust.org

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