Kirton Wood is a semi-natural ash and wych elm wood which covers 46 hectares. It was purchased by the Trust in 1985 and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
About the Reserve
The wood was clear-felled about 50 years ago, resulting in uniformity of size of the present trees. The wood is a fine example of an ash/wych elm wood, though much of the latter has suffered from Dutch elm disease. It was formed on clay soils and has a rich shrub layer made up of hazel, hawthorn, field maple, dogwood and privet.
The ground flora is dominated by bramble, honeysuckle, goosegrass and dog’s mercury, but also contains species such as wood anemone, sweet woodruff, primrose, ramsons, yellow archangel and early purple orchid, all of which are indicative of ancient woodland.
Common spotted and butterfly orchids and twayblade occur, as do the more common bluebell, greater stitchwort and celandine. As well as various tits and finches, chiffchaff, blackcap, garden warbler and spotted flycatcher are present in summer. Sparrowhawks are regularly seen and roding woodcock can be observed in spring at dusk. Great and lesser-spotted woodpeckers are also present. Butterflies seen on the reserve include common blue, brimstone, orange tip and comma.
A nature trail booklet is available. Guided walks can be arranged on request via the Trust Office.
For some more pictures of the reserve please go to our Flickr set
Management objectives include enhancement of the grassland habitat on the southern edge of the reserve, clearance of dykes and two small ponds, the opening up of the rides, and the clearance of many of the dead elms, with replanting of the native species where necessary.
How to Get There
The reserve is open to visitors and the entrance (SK708688) is approximately halfway between Kirton and Egmanton on an unclassified road. If you are using SatNav, enter NG22 0HQ and follow the preceding instructions. There are several rides within the wood including a circular path from the entrance and a broad green lane along the southern boundary. If the gate to the small car park is locked, cars should be parked on the roadside verge opposite the entrance.
If you would like further details about the reserve, or if you are interested in getting involved in the management of the site, please call the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Office on 0115 958 8242.