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Oysters Coppice

Oysters Coppice Autumn Colours © Valerie Headland (Reserves Main image (420x280))

Woodland walks with fantastic views

Oysters Coppice is an area of stunning ancient woodland in the south of the county, offering walkers spectacular views over the Vale of Wardour.

Take a walk in late February and March to see the dainty wild daffodils – a native plant whose numbers have tumbled since the 19th century. Keep an eye out for hazel catkins and the opposite-leaved golden saxifrage.

Woodland wildflowers make the nature reserve particularly beautiful during the spring. Bluebells, wood anemones, primroses and wood sorrel brighten the woodland floor as well as the interestingly shaped moschatel– otherwise known as the ‘town hall clock’.

From March to May you will smell the garlicky scent of the ramsoms on your woodland walk.

The mix of trees reflects the ground conditions. Oak grows on drier soils, ash on damper ones, and alder in wet areas. The lower, wetter slopes of the wood are good for ferns.

Rising springs create boggy areas, streams and a swampy pond in a southern corner of the reserve and invertebrates thrive in these damp areas. On your walk explore the distinct and interesting plants to be found here.

Find out more about the wildlife at Oysters Coppice or find out how we manage the reserve

Tawny Owl © Darin Smith (Reserves Right OS Map (217x136)) Oysters Coppice Bluebells & Greater Stitchwort Woodland Flowers © Valerie Headland (Reserves Right OS Map (217x136))

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How to get here

OS Map grid reference - ST896258

Nearest town - Shaftesbury

Access – not suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Dogs on leads are welcome

Size – 5.58 hectares / 13.8 acres

Status – designated Site of Special Scientific Interest

Habitats – woodland, areas of coppice, open glade

Don’t miss - wild daffodils in early spring and woodland birds

Walks - Tips for walkers

Other reserves nearby – Middleton Down


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