Oak woodland, ponds and ancient grassland on acid soils
Created on pasture land within the National Trust's Earlswood Moathouse estate, this site is composed of ancient grassland and oak woodland on acid soils. Further woodland was planted in 1980, with native trees and shrubs. There are two small ponds featuring great crested newts.
Today, the wood still reflects this mix with a number of additions including small-leaved lime, rowan and hazel. A magnificent line of hornbeam graces the eastern end and there are some fine yews.
Long-tailed tit, jay, nuthatch, treecreeper and the diminutive wren are regulars amongst the woodland, and obvious signs of badger and fox activity can be seen on the ground. Although rather poor, the ground flora contains surprises like wood-sorrel, and autumn brings a range of fungi. One of the less shaded ponds supports a small community of bulrush, sedge and rush where a number of dragonflies display and great crested newt have established.