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Dyscarr Wood

Dyscarr Wood Dyscarr Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest covering 17 hectares of North Nottinghamshire countryside. This ancient woodland boasts a diversity of wildlife. There are scrublands and marshes to explore as well!

How to get to Dyscarr Wood

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The reserve is on the Nottinghamshire/South Yorkshire county border west of Langold. The entrance (SK581867) is on the southern edge of the reserve leading to Church St. (opposite Langold Park entrance), from where paths lead through most parts of the wood. If using SatNav, postcode S81 9NR will navigate you to the general area, then use the directions above to find the reserve itself. We’d suggest parking in the Langold Country Park carpark, off Church Street; there are toilet facilities here and a café in summer. The entrance to the reserve is 150m north of this carpark.

Why not explore this nearby reserve? Daneshill Gravel Pits.


The tree canopy at Dyscarr Wood consists mainly of ash, with birch, oak and sycamore also present. Smaller trees include hazel and hawthorn, the white-flowered dogwood, field maple, blackthorn and native privet. Blackthorn produces the familiar blue sloe berries, which are used in the preparation of sloe gin, ideal for cold winter nights!

The reserve is notable for its orchids, containing an important colony of fly orchids, and also the delicate common spotted orchid with its scented, moth-attracting pale purple flowers. Every year, Dyscarr Wood is carpeted in beautiful wood anenome and ramsons (wild garlic) – a wonderful reason to visit in spring. Other plants to look out for include sweet woodruff, enchanter’s nightshade and yellow archangel.

The reserve boasts over 50 species of bird, including all three of our native woodpecker species, and raptors such as sparrowhawk and little and tawny owls. But the standout species is probably the shy hawfinch with its orange head, warm brown body and powerful seed-cracking beak. Many butterflies are also found, especially in the glades by the marshy area. Look out for brimstone, small copper, orange tip and peacock, and the migrant red admiral.

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There are toilet facilities and a café in summer at the nearby Langold County Park.

Langold Country Park is open from 9.00am to 8.00pm, with parking during the day.

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The reserve is open at all times, but we recommend you visit during daylight hours.


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Dyscarr Wood Factsheet

Dyscarr Wood Factsheet

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