Wilwell Farm Cutting Nature Reserve

Wilwell Farm Cutting entrance

Sarah Bowler

Wilwell Farm Cutting cpt Ella Fornari

Wilwell Farm Cutting © Ella Fornari

Southern Marsh Orchid (2) NottsWT cptAlex Davies

© Alex Davies

Wilwell Farm Cutting Summer Notts WT cpt Tim Williams

 © Tim Williams

Cuckoo Flower, Cardamine pratensis Notts WT cpt Al Greer

© Al Greer

Wilwell Farm Cutting woodland path

Sarah Bowler

One of the best wildflower sites in Nottinghamshire


Wilford Road
Ruddington and Wilford
NG11 7DD
A static map of Wilwell Farm Cutting Nature Reserve

Know before you go

8 hectares

Entry fee

Free access

Parking information

Limited parking space, so please leave the road gate clear.

Grazing animals

Sheep are regularly on site - please keep dogs on a lead.

Walking trails

A footpath leads you around the reserve.


The reserve is just off the B680 between Ruddington and Wilford to the south of Nottingham. If travelling towards Ruddington, turn onto the farm track on the right just after the Ring Road bridge.

Contact the Trust for access information.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Seasonal highlights include Wildflowers during Spring.

About the reserve

This reserve is one of the best wildflower sites in Nottinghamshire with more than 230 species so far recorded. Grassland plants include large numbers of meadow saxifrage and great burnet. Some 20 species of butterfly have been recorded, with gatekeeper and small skipper.

The wetland areas have declined markedly since the 1980s, but a cleared marsh area has increased numbers of cuckoo flower, ragged robin, fool’s watercress and water figwort. A population of southern marsh orchids still flourishes around the site as well as hemp agrimony, despite the decline in water levels. Open water is only found in winter months.

There is a wide variety of grasses, sedges and rushes with more than 60 recorded. The site also contains a large number of tree species ranging from hawthorn to oak and many species of fungi, mosses and lichens.

Contact us

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

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)