Roydon Woods Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Entry feeDonations welcome
Parking informationNo parking on site
Grazing animalsCattle and ponies
Paths are rough, unsurfaced and uneven with steep and wet sections. Visitors must stay on bridleways and permissive paths.
A wide variety of underfoot conditions may be encountered. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Enter the reserve via:
. The bridleway beside the Filly Inn on the A337
. Tile Barn Lane, Sandy Down Lane
. The bridleway behind Boldre church
. Roundhill campsite
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitVisit in spring and experience the clean crisp green of the beech trees contrasting with the bright carpet of bluebells. Visit in autumn to hear the sika stag whistling - an eerie sound.
About the reserve
Roydon Woods nature reserve is an impressive patchwork of wildlife rich habitats, including grassy meadows and ancient copses of conifer and hazel. This nature reserve is beautiful all year round – whenever you choose to visit, you’re sure to be absorbed by the magic of this enchanting ancient woodland.
A great many birds and mammals call Roydon Woods home, including great spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, skylarks, badgers, voles, stoats and a great many more.
Amongst the dense blocks of woodland are rich floral carpets, which attract a host of beautiful moths and butterflies, including small pearl bordered fritillary. These woods are perfect for birders and wildlife enthusiasts, with a tranquillity and magnificence that will enchant even the most hardened city dweller.