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Bubbenhall Wood and Meadow

Bubbenhall nature reserve is nestled in the heart of the Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape. You can enjoy the contrast of ancient woodland and new meadow with ponds and pools.

Bubbenhall Wood and Meadow opened in 2016. You are very welcome to come and explore our latest nature reserve! 

 

Events for everyone 

We are running free events open to everyone from now until October – book your place online now: Bubbenhall Events

 

What's it like to visit?

Enjoy a circular walk through the woodland. There is a mown path through the meadow which offers fantastic views over the pools. We will be improving and managing the reserve so look out for changes as the site develops! 

With 43 different birds, 19 species of butterfly and 27 different types of fungi found here there is always lots to see. Between the hazel, holly, ivy and elder, flowers pop up - from bluebells to wood anemone, wood avens to honeysuckle. 

 

What is there to do?

 

Historic landscape

The wood has been here since at least 1600 and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 listed as 2 furlongs long and two furlongs wide (approximately 16 hectares which is about 12 football pitches).


The Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape will link up Wappenbury and Ryton woods with stretches of woods and hedgerows. A vital part of the project is reconnecting local communities with the landscape and its rich heritage. 


Oral history
As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project and due to the interesting history of the site we will be carrying out an oral history project to capture people’s memories of the area. The invaluable information captured will feed into our new site interpretation and ensure that future generations can learn more about this important and interesting reserve.

Do you have memories of the reserve or have photos you would like to share? We would love to hear from you.

Are you interested in getting involved by becoming an oral history volunteer? No prior experience is required as all training and support will be provided.
To get involved, please contact Faye Irvine, Wildlife Engagement Officer.
t: 024 7630 2912
e: faye.irvine@wkwt.org.uk

 

Before your visit

Way markers and informative signs are coming soon. In the meantime you can download a simple map to help you navigate your way around:

Bubbenhall Wood and Meadows map


How to get here

Off the A445, follow Paget's Lane and turn right at the fork past Hunter's Moon Farm. The carpark is located 200m along the lane, on the right. Please take care along the lane as the road is narrow and be sure to use the designated car park. 

Please respect our neighbours and ensure you do not block passing places, gateways or turn on their driveways.

There is a small members’ car park which is locked and can be used by members who should have the members combination code.

Please note: The postcode and sat nav's will take you to Bubbenhall House which is too far down Paget's Lane. You will see the car park on your right, please do not go down the private lane beyond the car park. Refer to the directions above, image below or use grid reference SP370717.

 

Thanks to...

The Heritage Lottery Fund, WREN’s FCC Biodiversity Action Fund and the Banister Charitable Trust provided generous grants towards this purchase. We would also like to thank the families of the people who have left gifts in their wills for the purchase of new nature reserves. In addition, we thank our many generous supporters who made donations allowing us to buy this wonderful wood and meadow. 

Nearby nature reserves

Wappenbury Wood
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Old Nun Wood
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Ryton Wood
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Bubbenhall Wood Car park, off Paget's Lane
Coventry
Warwickshire
CV8 3BJ
Map reference
SP370720
Great for...
birdwatching
butterflies
fungi
geological interest
getting away from it all
stunning views
wildflowers
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Opening Times
Car park open to members only using gate code. Open to the public on foot at all times. If you are attending an event the event leader will open the car park for you.
Size
45.00 hectares
Status
Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Living Landscape schemes
Princethorpe Woodlands
Access
Yes

Wheelchair-accessible circular path around the wood. The kissing gate at the entrance is radar-key operated to allow access for larger mobility vehicles.
Walking information
You can walk to the reserve from Ryton Pools Country Park, approximately 1 mile away. There are a number of kissing gates along the route.
Parking
There is a small members car park. This is locked - please use the combination code to open it. You can find this on the back of your new membership card or on the A3 Reserves Guide which came in your Membership Pack.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Sheep / cattle from around July - December
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912
enquiries@wkwt.org.uk?subject=mail from reserve pages