Droitwich Community Woods

Droitwich Community Woods - Paul Lane

16ha
Dog on a lead
Volunteer Group
A nature trail through woodland, grassland and alongside the River Salwarpe.

Location

Ombersley Way
Droitwich
Worcestershire
WR9 0RQ
A static map of Droitwich Community Woods

Know before you go

Size
16 hectares

Parking information

Park on side of Ombersley Way halfway between river and canal

Walking trails

Lots of paths to follow (some steps and slopes); some will be muddy and slippery when wet. In places paths are alongside the River Salwarpe.

Access

Hard surface path alongside the canal, otherwise mown grass and earth paths.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Dawn to dusk

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

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 has a more unusual habitat: saltmarsh.  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 saltmarshes 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.

Contact us

Dominique Cragg
Contact number: 01905 754919

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)

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