The Betts Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationLimited car parking by roadside
Paths are on difficult terrain (steep slopes and steps) and will be slippery when wet.
When to visit
Opening timesDawn to dusk
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
The wood is managed carefully to maintain a mix of high forest, coppice and open glades for birds and small mammals, including dormice. Visitors may be rewarded with glimpses of nutchatches, great spotted woodpeckers and summer warblers. There are many bird boxes to encourage hole-nesting birds (including owls), bats and even dormice.
The Lem Brook, a tributary of Dowles Brook, is used by dippers, grey wagtails and kingfishers. Visitors should also keep a lookout for brimstone, holly blue, red admiral and speckled wood butterflies throughout summer.
The reserve was purchased in 1983 and named in the memory of the late John Betts, a founder member of the Trust.