Know before you go
There are paths around the reserve that give access to all areas. These can be very muddy in spring and autumn so waterproof footwear is advised for most visits. Also take note that, in very wet periods, the steep access field can be very slippery and hazardous on the way down; beware of rapid and unexpected descents!
This reserve does not have wheelchair access.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitIn Spring and Summer when Court Wood provides nesting site for several woodland birds
About the reserve
Court Wood is predominately oak and ash with hazel and bramble in the understorey. Honeysuckle is particularly abundant and the drier upper slopes have large drifts of typical ancient woodland indicators such as bluebell and primrose. The permanently damp slopes of the gully are ideal for ferns, including male fern, hard fern and common polypody. The reserve provides nesting sites and shelter for various woodland birds, including buzzard, great spotted woodpecker and tree warblers.