Bradfield Woods Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Bradfield visitor centre Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Learning centre at Bradfield Woods

Bluebells Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Bradfield Woods nature reserve

Bradfield Woods by Steve Aylward

Bradfield Woods is a working wood that is unique as it has been under continuous traditional coppice management since 1252, fulfilling local needs for firewood and hazel products.

Location

Bradfield Woods, Felsham Road, Bradfield St George
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 0AQ

OS Map Reference

TL935581
A static map of Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
70 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Parking information

Free car park

Walking trails

There are 3 coloured trails of different lengths, just pick up a trail guide under the notice board near to the entrance or at the visitor centre when you arrive.

Access

5 miles of trails - view Trail Map

Disabled toilet available. In drier conditions wheelchairs can be pushed from the car park along several rides and paths within the wood. Parts of this reserve are accessible by mobility scooter.

Dogs

On a lead

Facilities

Toilets
Picnic area
Disabled toilet

When to visit

Opening times

Reserve open all year, education centre open for events.

Best time to visit

March to May, July to August, October to November

About the reserve

Bradfield Woods is one of Britain’s finest ancient woodlands and is a glorious haven for wildlife. Bradfield woods is a working wood that is unique as it has been under continuous traditional coppice management since 1252, fulfilling local needs for firewood and hazel products. Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management where stems are cut at ground level promoting vigorous re-growth. Some Ash coppice stools in Bradifeld Wood are thought to be over 1000 years old. 

As the coppice shoots regenerate, their dense bushy growth provides excellent cover for migrant songbirds such as garden warbler, blackcap and willow warbler. Mammals including the stoat, yellow-necked mouse, dormouse and badger are also resident. On sunny summer days the sheltered rides create the prefect habitat for butterflies, of which there are 24 species. Of special note is the white admiral butterfly which can be seen sipping nectar from the flowers on bramble or look up into the top of an oak tree to catch a glimpse of a purple hairstreak.

Bradfield Woods has benefited from a gift in the will of Peter Mitchell.

Contact us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01473 899089

Environmental designation

National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

Volunteering opportunities at Bradfield Woods

36 Size hectares
Open every day
Free to visit
Walking trails