Salisbury SP7 9AZ
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OS map 118 Grid ref: ST896258

When to visit

Free and open to visit 24 hours a day.

Know before you go

  • Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs
  • Dogs on leads are welcome
  • 5.58 hectares

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About the nature reserve

Oysters Coppice reserve map © WWT

Oysters Coppice nestles on a gentle slope offering spectacular views over the Vale of Wardour. A circular route leads you through areas of interest.

What can be seen here?

Take a walk in late February and March to see the wild daffodils – a native plant whose numbers have tumbled since the 19th century. Woodland wildflowers make the reserve particularly beautiful during spring, including bluebells and moschatel, also known as the ‘town hall clock’ because of its unusual flower structure. From March to May you can smell the garlicky scent of the ramsoms, or wild garlic.

Rising springs create boggy areas, streams and a swampy pond in a southern corner of the reserve and invertebrates thrive in these damp areas. The trees reflect the ground conditions. Oak grows on the drier soils, ash on damper ones, and alder in wet areas. Ferns flourish on the lower, wetter slopes of the wood. Such variety is good for birds – bullfinch, song thrush and tawny owl. Walk to the pond where smooth newts and frogs thrive. Emperor and common darter dragonflies, and large red and common blue damselflies hunt above the water.

In the autumn and winter, nibbled hazel nuts on the woodland floor give away the presence of dormice. Well camouflaged woodcock probe for insects and worms in the leaf litter. Badgers have created an extensive sett. The woodland flowers flourish because volunteers have created sunny glades for them.

How can I get here?

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Serene and peaceful. A great spot for a book reading session. Lots of woodpeckers as lovely companions.

~ Evans from Shaftesbury