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  • Only suitable for wheelchairs in the nature park. The gates into the woods are tricky to navigate with a pushchair, impossible with a wheelchair.

  • Dogs must be on leads in the woods.

  • Total complex 91.46 hectares

  • Green Lane Wood 40.46 hectares

This ancient oak woodland was left to us in 1991 by its previous owner who had lived in a cabin in the wood. In 1998 we purchased the wildflower meadow next to it. The rides are covered with stones making access easy. The pond just off the main ride was created by a stray World War II bomb. The wood connects with our Biss Wood nature reserve and Green Lane Nature Park – why not enjoy a walk through them all.

What can be seen here?

The open part of the wood is coppiced, encouraging woodland flowers to grow. They include Solomon’s seal, stinking Iris and greater butterfly orchid.

In summer look for butterflies: silver-washed fritillary, Duke of Burgundy, purple hairstreak, speckled wood and white-letter hairstreak. Autumn offers striking leaf colour and fungi; and in January and February listen for the hammering of the great spotted woodpecker. The meadow is full of flowers from spring onwards - scarce adder’s-tongue fern, common knapweed and betony. It is light and damp beneath the pylons - ideal for wild angelica and ragged robin.

In the woodland you can find nuthatch and jay. Look out for a treecreeper walking up the side of a tree trunk in search of food. Roe and muntjac deer are hard to spot, but you might see grass snake and slow worm basking in sunshine. The rare Bechstein’s bat makes the wood its home. It roosts in hollow or rotten trees, although it has been known to use bird and bat boxes.

Biss Wood - 21 hectares
Biss Wood was clear felled and replanted in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It is now a mix of deciduous trees managed in the traditional way by coppicing. It was given to us in 2012. It is crossed with sunny woodland rides, ditches and also has a pond. In summer purple hairstreak butterflies seek nectar high in the canopy. Bechstein’s bats hunt for insects at dusk and you can see birds such as bullfinch. Wildflowers grow along the sunny rides such as common spotted orchid, Solomon's seal, bugle and St John's wort. Biss Wood has 389 species of fungi. Look for them in the autumn: purple jellydisk fungus, lilac bonnet, green elf cup (which is a beautiful turquoise colour), and the yellow coloured dog vomit slime mould - otherwise known as flowers of tan. We are working with the Scouts of Wiltshire West to develop their Jubilee Wood Scout Camp site, which is sandwiched between Biss Wood and Green Lane Nature Park.
Stinking Iris © Rob Large Jay © Ian Rose Muntjac © Darin Smith Dog vomit slime mould © Frankenstoen

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Friends of Green Lane Woodlands

Our Friends receive regular updates about the nature reserve and will are the first to receive information about events and training opportunities as well as invitations to social events.

To join our Friends group please contact [email protected]