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Eaton and Gamston Woods

Eaton and Gamston Woods These two woods near Retford comprise nearly 65 hectares of mixed ancient woodland, the majority of which is designated as a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI). The best time to visit is from mid-April to the end of June.

How to get to Eaton and Gamston Woods

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The entrance (SK727771) is midway on the minor road from Eaton to Upton (near Retford). Eaton Wood is on the north side of the minor road opposite Gamston Wood on the south side. There is a small car parking space at the entrance to the reserve, otherwise cars should be parked with care on the main road. Please keep cars off the roadside verges as these are rich in flower species and part of the SSSI. If using SatNav, enter DN22 0RB and follow the directions above.

Why not visit these nearby reserves? Treswell Wood & Ashton's Meadow.


Ash, oak and birch are the predominant trees, together with silver birch, field maple and overgrown hazel coppice. The woods are important for their ground flora with many species present including primrose, bluebell, wood anemone, herb paris, sanicle, wood avens, yellow archangel, sweet woodruff, and several species of orchid. At least 24 species of butterfly have been recorded including the impressive white admiral which is at the northern edge of its range and found only at this site in Nottinghamshire. The woods are also home to many woodland bird species.

For some more pictures of the reserve please go to our flickr set[email protected]/sets/72157627746668352/


The reserve is readily accessible with several footpaths in both woods.

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Open at all times, but people are asked to remain on the footpaths.


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