Dukes Wood Nature Reserve

Michael Louden
238 Purple Hairstreak Notts WT cpt Don Sutherland

  © Don Sutherland

Michael Louden
Emperor May 2017 NottsWT cpt Roger Freestone

 © Roger Freestone

A mixed deciduous woodland/industrial archaeological site


Eakring Lane
NG22 8PA
A static map of Dukes Wood Nature Reserve

Know before you go

8 hectares

Entry fee

Free access

Parking information

There is parking at the side of the road

Walking trails

The Duke's Wood Trail is an industrial archaeological nature trail that was first opened in 1987


The entrance to the reserve is off the minor road to Eakring, which leaves the A617 near Kirklington, east of Mansfield.

Access to the reserve is open at all times.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

Duke's Wood and the area around it was the location of the UK's first onshore oilfield. Some of the pumps - the 'nodding donkeys' - have been restored and are sited around the wood adjacent to the trail. The wood is dominated by oak, hazel and ash. The very interesting ground flora contains primrose, bluebell and broadleaved helleborine amongst others.

Contact us

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0115 958 8242
Contact email: info@nottswt.co.uk

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)