Salisbury SP5 1AG
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When to visit

Free and open to visit 24 hours a day.

Know before you go

  • Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs
  • Can be wet in places
  • 36.81 hectares

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About the nature reserve

Blackmoor Copse was our first nature reserve and we have been looking after it since 1962. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and one of the most important woods in Wiltshire for wildlife, particularly butterflies. The gently sloping site is criss-crossed by woodland paths and has a circular route for easy walking.

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What can be seen here?

In spring and summer glades and paths are sprinkled with wildflowers such as violets, primroses, bluebells and common spotted orchids.

The flowers attract butterflies - 25 different species. Keep an eye out for the pearl-bordered fritillary, the spectacular purple emperor, the silver-washed fritillary and the Duke of Burgundy.

Dormice scamper through the tree canopy in their hunt for fruit and nuts. Look for nibbled hazel nuts on the woodland floor and the occasional nest box among the branches. Shy muntjac, roe and fallow deer hide among giant oak and ash trees. 

In spring King Charles pond is a breeding place for common toads and newts. In summer dragonflies and damselflies dart above its surface. Throughout the year the copse is home to well-camouflaged woodcocks; if you hear any drumming it will be the great spotted woodpecker.

In 1998 we bought the neighbouring five hectares of White’s Common. Although not part of the SSSI, it is rich in flowers. 

How can I get here?

Download directions to Blackmoor Copse


Great walk with the kids. Found tadpoles at the pond.

~ Claire from Salisbury

Beautiful woodland. Very boggy in places. Great ponds.

~ Rose from Salisbury