Eaton and Gamston Woods
Type : Woodland
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).
About the Reserve
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. The best time to visit is from mid-April to the end of June.
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The main aim is to safeguard the flora by careful management, particularly the reinstatement of rotational coppicing. Most of the conifers and non-native trees will eventually be removed and replaced through the natural regeneration of native species. This should result in the widest possible range of wildlife habitats.
How to Get There
The reserve is open to the public, but visitors are asked to keep to the paths. 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.
If you would like further details about the reserve, or you are interested in getting involved in the management of the site, please call the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust office on 0115 958 8242