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Broadmoor Wood

Ancient woodland with good woodland flowers in spring and good bird life.

The woodland is coppiced on a 10-year cycle that demonstrates how the ground flora changes as the sunlight is reduced by the new growth on the coppiced stools.  Coppicing involves cutting down trees almost to the ground; this enables new growth and ensures a constantly evolving habitat for wildlife.  The coppice standards at Broadmoor include oak, ash, birch, rowan and hawthorn.  Flowers include wood sorrel, wood anemone, bluebells and yellow archangel with tufted hair-grass along the path.

Shortly after entering the wood, a flight of steps descends to a path across a small marshy dingle with a carpet of opposite-leaved golden saxifrage to a narrow path which skirts an alder bog.  This is the silted-up part of the uppermost spring pool which once provided water power for the sword mills downstream.  Visitors are rewarded with a magnificent display of marsh marigolds here in early spring.  The pool is beautiful with beds of reed-mace, horsetail, watercress and other water plants.  There is also a rich waterside flora along the dam.

The woodland is part of the National Trust’s Chadwich Estate and is leased to Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.  Most of the wood lies on Keele Clay with sandy patches while breccias forms the west bank of the pond.

Nearby nature reserves

Beaconwood and the Winsel
1 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
1 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Penorchard Meadows
3 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Redhill Lane off A38 north-west of Lydiate Ash
B45 9AA
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Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
Sep - Nov
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Opening Times
Dawn to dusk
2.60 hectares
Ancient Woodland
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)

No wheelchair access.
Walking information
Circular path. Earth path only - muddy and slippery underfoot in wet conditions. Water sluice and a deep pool on the reserve .
Park in Wasely Hills Country Park southern car park (pay and display), cross over to Rubery Community and Leisure Centre playing field opposite and go down to the wood.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Andy Harris
Tel: 01905 754919