Top five British woodlands for wildlife

We've picked the best UK woodlands for you to visit this autumn for a wildlife encounter to remember. 

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November issue autumn special deciduous woodland.

We've picked the best UK woodlands for you to visit this autumn for a wildlife encounter to remember. 

1 Ashdown Forest, East Sussex

Ancient hunting forest that now combines open heathland with woods featuring birch, hazel, beech, oak and sweet chestnut trees.

2 Ashridge Estate, Bucks/Beds

Country estate with 800ha of woodlands, including mature beeches and oaks. Spot fallow deer from waymarked trails, red kites soaring over open areas, fungi and the last summer butterflies.

3 Glen Nant NNR, Argyll

Atlantic oakwood also hosting ash, hazel, birch, holly and willow. It’s home to a variety of woodland birds, red squirrels and Scottish wood ants – and the green woodpeckers feeding on them.

4 Wyre Forest, Worcs/Shrops

Popular for family activities, but also quiet, waymarked woodland trails and fine trees, including the rare whitty pear. Part of the forest is a National Nature Reserve, and it also includes several SSSIs.

5 Westonbirt Arboretum, Glos

The National Arboretum is home to 2,500 species – fine-tune your identification skills and compare autumn colours. Forest trails traverse ancient, semi-natural woodland. 

 

Experience your wildest autumn ever with the November issue of BBC Wildlife.

Download our autumn woods treasure hunt challenge and head to a woodland we've recommended to see how many species you can find.

Find out how to transform your garden into a wildlife haven in one weekend. 

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