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Bradfield Woods

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.

It 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.

Coppice products from Bradfield Wood are still sold today -view our range of coppice products

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

 

Take a virtual tour to see the beautiful bluebells at Bradfield Woods:

 

 


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Nearby nature reserves

Bull's Wood
2 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Grove Farm
4 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Mickle Mere
7 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Felsham Road,Bradfield St George,
Bury St Edmund's
Suffolk
IP30 0AQ
Map reference
TL933575

GPS Info
Entrance to reserve car park on southern side of Felsham road, Bradfield Woods is also known as Felsham Wood on OS map.

Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
birdwatching
butterflies
historical interest
Best time to visit
Jun - Jul
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Opening Times
Reserve open all year, education centre open for events.
Facilities
Picnic facilities
Toilets
Disabled toilet
Size
72.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Disabled toilet available. In drier conditions wheelchairs can be pushed from the car park along several rides and paths within the wood.
Walking information
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.
Parking
Ample parking on site.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Pete Fordham
Tel: 01449 737996
pete@bradfieldwds.fsnet.co.uk

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