Bunny Old Wood (West)
How to get to Bunny Old Wood (West)
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The main entrance is on Bunny Hill off the A60 Loughborough Road, (SK 579283). There is a public footpath to the east of the Silver Seal Mine entrance (SK583292) at Bunny, and access is also available from Wysall Lane (SK 596287). Parking is available inside the main gates. For SatNav purposes use NG11 6QQ, NG11 6QH or NG11 6QG and following the directions above.
Bunny Wood is referred to in the Domesday Book and was probably used by Saxon settlers as a source of wood. In 1487 Henry VII and his army camped nearby on their way to the Battle of East Stoke. Evidence of the history of the wood includes its sinuous shape, ancient ditches along the northern and southern edges and a parish boundary to the south side of the wood. The size of the old coppice stools also gives an indication of the wood’s age.
The reserve features trees such as coppiced wych elm and ash, field maple, oak and cherry. The woodland flowers include wood anemone and stitchwort and Bunny is famed for its springtime display of bluebells.
Some 50 bird species have been recorded including great and lesser-spotted woodpeckersand summer visitors include spotted flycatcher, blackcap and tree pipit. Hawfinch have been seen. Bunny is also a great place to see butterflies, with more than 20 species recorded including the elusive white-letter hairstreak, and is nationally important as a home for the rare orange footman and pinion-spotted pug moths. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a grass snake in a sunny glade or a fox hunting along the woodland edge.
Situated about seven miles south of Nottingham alongside the A60, the wood is a distinctive example of the natural landscape that formerly covered much of south Nottinghamshire. Today, the nature reserve is a haven for wildlife and provides a beautiful place for visitors to stretch their legs, and escape the hustle and bustle of city living.
Membership helps us maintain the site for the benefit of both people and wildlife. Donations are also vital to help support our reserves, so please consider making a one off donation by texting NWTR01 £10 to 70070. [Feel free to vary the cash figure after the £sign.]
A waymarked route of numbered posts has been developed and a separate Nature Trail guide is available from the Trust office and from the dispenser in the car park. To avoid disturbing wildlife, visitors should keep to the paths and dogs should be kept on a lead.
The wood is open to walkers at all times.