Bull's Wood Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationLimited parking is available at Palmers Farm with permission of the owner. Please park responsibly and avoid blocking any farm access gates.
Wet and muddy in winter.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.
No drone flying without express permission.
(Permission will only be granted in exceptional circumstances)
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
The wood is famed countrywide for its rare spring-time oxlips, which are limited to just 100 sites in East Anglia, carpeting swathes of the woodland floor in buttery yellow. Anyone visiting between March and June will also be treated to abundant displays of early-purple orchid, spurge-laurel, wood anemone and herb-paris. Yet, the spectacular show of flowers is certainly not the only reason to visit Bull’s Wood.
The circular walk that winds past traditionally managed coppices of hazel and ash, takes you through lush rides opened up for butterflies such as the gatekeeper, speckled wood and orange tip. Birds such as marsh tits, long-tailed tits and tree-creeper can also be regularly seen. The walk itself is relatively short and can be completed in about 15 minutes. But with the only other foot prints you are likely to see belonging to the wood’s roe deer, there is plenty of opportunity just to stand and stare.