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Woodlands | Bradfield Woods

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Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve is one of the UK's best woodland wildlife sites.

This ancient working wood dates back to 1252 when it supplied firewood and wood products for local people nearby.

Bradfield is the archetypal English lowland woodland, and is probably the best example in Britain of a traditionally managed wood.


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The great thing about woodlands is that they offer little windows into the past. If you know what you're doing, you can get a rough idea of how old a forest is.

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Our woods offer amazing opportunities for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Hands on Nature team? Try your hand at deer watching or birding.


Bradfield Woods - Visitor Guide

Address:Bradfield Woods, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Postcode: IP30 0AQ
Telephone:01473 890089 - Suffolk Wildline
Key attractions:Visitor centre and trails. Bird watching hide.
Essential kit:Binoculars, walking shoes, and trail guide (available from visitor centre).
Nature watching:Best season to visit - April-mid July. Early morning is a good time for bird watching.
Access:Accessible in parts - areas of hard surface make easy access possible to some parts of the reserve but Winter can be difficult when conditions are wet. Usually wet and sticky.
Getting there:Located 20km south east of Bury St Edmunds on the road between Bradfield St George and Felsham. There is parking near reserve entrance at the Red Lion public house, which is signposted from Bury St Edmunds, and walk to the wood.

Please note that Bradfield Woods is referred to as Felshamhall Wood on the OS map. Grid reference TL 935581.

Parking at entrance to woods.

Opening times:All year round.
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