Wildlife Sites in Rushcliffe

Flintham Wood

How to get there:

With great difficulty! Access along Trent Lane (the track opposite Eden Hall) down to the river and then left along the river bank until you spot a gate into the wood which continues the public footpath diagonally up to the hilltop where there is a concessionary route around some grassland managed by Natural England. However the footpath was not waymarked, the stiles were poor or non existent and the path through the wood was barely passable for fallen trees and scrub on my visit in May 2014. As far as I can make out the only option is to then retrace one's steps as there is no access beyond the airfield.

The footpath was closed during WW2 where it infringed on the edge of the aerodrome but it is high time it was reinstated.

A re-visit in late February 2016 was much easier, the footpath having been cleared of the fallen trees and the summer growth had not taken off, however the hillside is very steep and any venturing off the footpath is very precarious.


photo of notice at entrance to wood from the Trent

This ancient woodland is dominated by Ash in its eastern end and Oak in the west. It is the only site in Rushcliffe for the scarce, long-naturalised Yellow Star of Bethlehem (Gagea lutea). Wood Vetch and Small Teasel are also found, the latter being known from only three other sites in the county. Moschatel (Adoxa moschatellina) is also present. The walk along the riverside is pleasant and good for damselflies and butterflies and as the photograph of the sign erected at the entrance to the wood, states, the sympathetically managed grassland at the top of the hill has harebell and bird's-foot trefoil.

NGR SK 726 486

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