Wildlife Sites in Rushcliffe

Old Wood Nature Reserve

How to get there

There is space for a few cars at the entrance on the A60, half way up Bunny Hill. An alternative access is from the Marblaegis Mine entrance by parking on the minor road at SK 584 292. The eastern end of Old Wood is not nature reserve but is of interest nevertheless and a bridleway connects a few off road parking spaces on Windmill Hill at SK 596 287.


Old Wood is a major Notts Wildlife Trust reserve that was SSSI for its dominant Wych Elm which, since Dutch Elm disease, has deteriorated and the designation has been withdrawn. However there is still plenty of elm present and the associated White-letter Hairstreak. The wood is north-facing and the ground flora is less rich as a result but there are still plenty of woodland plants with Bluebell, Dog's Mercury, Enchanter's Nightshade, Midland Hawthorn, Wood Forget-me-not and Greater Stitchwort being among them. Lesser-spotted Woodpecker may now have gone but there are plenty of other bird species too.

NGR SK 579 282

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