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Randan Wood

A small semi-natural ancient mixed deciduous woodland part of the larger Chaddesley Woods complex.

Randan Wood was the Trust’s first nature reserve and was donated to the Trust by the late Fred Fincher. This woodland is one of the most closely studied areas of land in the county.

The late Fred Fincher, one of Worcestershire’s greatest naturalists, studied the woodland in great detail and recorded more than 300 species of fungi alone.

Randan Wood occupies land which was formerly part of an extensive ancient hunting forest - the Royal Forest of Feckenham - dating back to the Domesday period.  Although the reserve itself is quite small, it remains part of the largest complex of ancient semi-natural woodlands on the Midlands Plateau, which includes nearby Chaddesley Wood NNR (all part of Feckenham Forest SSSI). 

The plateau top supports relict oak woodland with mostly secondary (early 20th century plantation) sessile oak canopy, while the NW facing slope shows a transition through to ash woodland, especially in the lowest lying section of the reserve.

 

Please note that access is difficult and restricted to permit holders only.  Please contact the Trust's offices on 01905 754919.

Nearby nature reserves

Chaddesley Woods National Nature Reserve
1 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
The Christopher Cadbury Wetland Reserve at Upton Warren
3 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Beaconwood and the Winsel
4 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Nr Dodford
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
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Access is by permit only.
Size
4.50 hectares
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No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Andy Harris
Tel: 01905 754919
enquiries@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org