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Groton Wood

This ancient woodland is noted for its small-leaved lime coppice, an indication that the northern part of the wood has existed since prehistoric times.

Brimstone butterflies feed on sunny spring days and woodcock display at dusk.

This ancient woodland is noted for its small-leaved lime coppice, this is an indication that the northern part of the wood has existed since prehistoric times. The other species to note in Groton Woods is its large wild cherry trees, -it is one of only a few ancient woodlands in Suffolk with this species.

Groton Wood is unusual in that is has 22 seasonal ponds. These are good places to spot frog, toad and newt including the protected great-crested newt.
The rides are bursting with bluebell, pignut and early-purple orchid with shadier areas being characterised by violet helleborine, woodruff and herb-paris. 15 species of butterfly have been recorded at Groton Wood including brimstone, speckled wood and purple hairstreak whose caterpillars feed on oak. Summer songsters include black cap, willow warbler and chif chaf, while other birds such as treecreeper, all three woodpecker species, woodcock and nuthatch are resident here.
 

Nearby nature reserves

Arger Fen & Spouse's Vale
6 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Cornard Mere
6 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Bull's Wood
8 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
West of Kersey near Hadleigh
Hadleigh
Suffolk
IP7 6HD
Map reference
TL976428

GPS Info
Car park at the south western corner of the wood off Howe road.

Great for...
ancient trees
fungi
historical interest
Best time to visit
Mar - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
20.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Can be wet and muddy in the winter. Please contact Suffolk Wildlife Trust for wheelchair and mobility buggy access
Parking
At entrance to reserve
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
William Cranstoun
Tel: 01787 210899
lackford.reserve@suffolkwildlifetrust.org

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