Rainworth Heath is part of the historic Sherwood Forest area and it is one of the last remaining areas of heathland in Nottingham

Location

Rufford Colliery lane
Rainworth village
Nottinghamshire
NG21 0HR
A static map of Rainworth Heath

Know before you go

Size
16 hectares

Entry fee

Free access

Parking information

There is no designated parking.

Grazing animals

There are grazing animals that are Hebridean sheep. Visitors are asked to stay on the paths and not go into the grazing areas.

Access

Access is via a gate on the private road leading from Rainworth village to Rufford Colliery at SK593591. If using SatNav enter NG21 0HR and follow the preceding instructions. Visitors are asked not park on the private road. There is limited wheelchair access but no stiles.

Access to the reserve is open at all times. Contact the Trust for more information.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April - July

About the reserve

Once a common habitat on the sandstone areas of Nottinghamshire, this reserve is one of the last remaining areas of heathland in the county. The site is notable for having areas of both dry and wet heath. Bird species to be seen include green woodpecker, tree pipit and turtle dove.

The wettest locations are characterised by peaty pools fringed with sphagnum moss and bulbous rush which occur where water emerges from the underlying rock. These areas are dominated by plants such as purple moor-grass, cross-leaved heath, common sedge and cotton grass, while well-trodden paths support heath rush.

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)