White Rocks Nature Reserve

Autumn woodland scene with remnants of stone wall covered with moss

White Rocks Nature Reserve (c) Paul Cooper

A reserve with a rich mosaic of habitats with an accompanying diversity of wildlife


White Rocks Nature Reserve
The Doward

OS Map Reference

SO 550 158
A static map of White Rocks Nature Reserve

Know before you go

5 hectares

Parking information

There is room for two cars in the entrance to the reserve.

Walking trails

Access to most parts of the reserve prevents no problems and paths are obvious and well marked. The main area of woodland in the south-eastern part of the reserve may be damp and muddy in places - boots are advised. There are man-holes dotted over the tip site to monitor methane production from waste below; these areas are best avoided.


There are no surfaced paths and no wheelchair access at this reserve.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Dawn to dusk

Best time to visit

All times of year

About the reserve

The past history of the area has produced a rich mosaic of habitats, with an accompanying diversity of wildlife. Much of the woodland is ancient with tall beech, ash, and oak grown up from old coppice stools. The ground flora here is dominated by bluebells and bramble. There are strips of grassland that contain plants such as quaking grass and salad burnet. These areas form a very attractive habitat for butterflies, such as marbled white and ringlet. White Rocks is part of The Doward Living Landscape - click here for more information.

Contact us

Pete Johnson
View of path beside hedgerow through grasses

White Rocks Nature Reserve (Katie Harris)

Visiting The Doward

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An Introduction to White Rocks nature reserve with Voluntary Warden and naturalist Ian Draycott

Wildflower meadow of yellow and white flowers with tall hedgerow in background and hills beyond

Davies Meadow Nature Reserve (Paul Lloyd)

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