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Strawberry Hill Heath

Strawberry Hill Heath This beautiful heathland is a great place to visit and the Trust is working with partners to extend and link this and other remaining areas of heathland within the Sherwood Forest landscape to ensure they have a secure future. The 23 hectare site is recognised nationally as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Look out for the many species of fungi, mosses and lichens, as well as invertebrates and reptiles, including over 40 species of beetle.
 

How to get to Strawberry Hill Heath

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Access is via Jubilee Way South, Mansfield (SK570603). If using satnav. enter NG18 3FX and look for the bridleway between the quarry and the golf driving range.

Why not explore these nearby reserves? Spa Ponds & Rainworth Heath.

 


Large areas of heathland once covered the sandstone areas of Nottinghamshire stretching from Mansfield east towards Ollerton up until the early 20th century. Much of this has now been lost due to agriculture and forestry, so Strawberry Hill Heath really offers a glimpse into medieval Sherwood.

Strawberry Hill itself consists of a circular area of sessile oak plantation, perhaps dating from the 1850s. Birch is common and the ground flora here is dominated by bracken and wavy hair-grass with some heather. Central areas of the site are largely dominated by heather and bracken, with patches of gorse and broom scrub. Tree cover varies greatly but over much of the site there is a scattering of oak and birch, with denser woodland around the edge of the site.

Seventeen species of fungi have been recorded in the heathland areas together with many mosses and lichens. Areas of bare or sparsely-vegetated sandy ground amongst the heathers are valuable for invertebrates and reptiles, and over 40 species of beetle have been recorded across the site. At the north-eastern corner, ground subsidence has lead to the formation of a permanent wetland area.

For some more pictures of the reserve please go to our Flickr set
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Facilities

Footpaths and tracks make the reserve easily accessible.

Opening times

Open at all times.

 

Events at Strawberry Hill Heath

News from Strawberry Hill Heath

First Time Marathon Runner Attempts Robin Hood Marathon for Sherwood Wildlife

Monday 15th February 2016

Grace Clark, a City Council worker at Glenbrook Management Centre, has taken up the challenge of running the full Nottingham Robin Hood Marathon to fundraise for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s campaign ‘Champions of Sherwood’.

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Nightjar success at Sherwood Forest Nature Reserve

Wednesday 12th August 2015

Wildlife Trust hails success of habitat restoration as pair of rare nightjars take up residence at Sherwood Forest Nature Reserve.

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