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Earlswood Moathouse

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.

Nearby nature reserves

Clowes Wood and New Fallings Coppice
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Lion Wood
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Lion Wood
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

West of Dorridge, 1km south of Earlswood, situated off the B4102 south of the junction with Umberslade Road
B94 5SL
Map reference
SP117 733
Best time to visit
Mar - Nov
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Opening Times
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3.90 hectares

Walking information
May be difficult to explore as it is muddy at times. Kissing gate.
Car parking next to the Reservoir Hotel
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912 from reserve pages