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Droitwich Community Woods

A varied area with grassland, woodland and plantation

A nature trail leads visitors through the woodland and the variety of grassland and scrub habitats that make up this nature reserve.  Part of this follows the canal, with common reeds and other water plants along the margins.  The slow moving water creates pond-like conditions and freshwater invertebrates such as dragonfly nymphs and water scorpions can be found.

The reserve, however, has a more unusual habitat; salt marshes.  The area overlies salt-bearing rock strata that were laid down over 200  million years ago.  The strata were close enough to the surface for saline springs to occur and salt extraction to take place from the Roman period onwards.

Inland salt marshes are rare and they’ve developed here as a result of saline water in the River Salwarpe, the Droitwich Canal and the local springs, streams and ditches.  The most striking of the, normally seaside, plants that occur here is dittander.  This grows in tall, luxuriant beds by the Salwarpe and is at its best in summer.

The woodland is managed in partnership with Wychavon District Council and a trail guide is available from the Trust’s office.

Nearby nature reserves

Lower Smite Farm
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Grimley Brick Pits
3 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Trench Wood Nature Reserve
4 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Near Droitwich
Map reference
SO 882 627
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Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Dawn to dusk
16.00 hectares

Walking information
Lots of paths to follow (some steps); some paths on slopes and will be muddy and slippery when wet. In places paths are alongside the river Salwarpe.
Park on side of Ombersley Way halfway between river and canal
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Dominique Cragg
Tel: 01905 754919