An ancient woodland with a mix of trees, shrubs, ditches, streams, pond, a small meadow and a precious remnant of heathland.
Clowes Wood is a piece of history as it was the first reserve owned by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, acquired thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor in 1974.
Clowes Wood has probably wooded since the last ice age, though it was almost cleared of trees in the early 1900s. It is cut through by the Birmingham to Stratford railway and habitats found here today include heathland, woodland, and wet meadow.
What's it like to visit?
Wildflowers to be seen here include bluebell, lily of the valley, cow-wheat and bilberry. Fifty species of bird breed here, such as jay, chiff chaff, nuthatch and treecreeper, and also woodcock and all three woodpeckers. Badgers live in this woodland and red fox, muntjac and brown hare are all regular visitors to this reserve.
What is there to do here?
- Find the burnt stone pile dating back to the Bronze Age!
- Snap a shot of the spring bluebells
- Listen out for the distinctive call of the chiff chaff
- Fund funky fungi