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Kenilworth Common

Wooded common land within the town of Kenilworth

Now a splendid LNR, the Common was created in 1756, providing rough grazing land dominated by typical heathland species and acidic grassland. Following the removal of grazing cattle in the 1800s, the site was colonised by oak and birch, now offering pleasant woodland walks.


Finham Brook babbles along the edge of the reserve, forming its southern boundary. Supporting a diverse range of aquatic invertebrates, the brook provides a rich fishing ground for the spectacular kingfisher, and a natural population of brown trout lurk in its shady waters.


Bisected by the Coventry to Leamington Spa railway, the reserve still retains some remnant heathland, now a rare habitat in Warwickshire. Bracken and wavy hair-grass prosper in areas with broom and heath bedstraw all further reminders of a habitat once common in the county.


Gorse and heather grow outside the reserve on undisturbed slopes where slow-worm and common lizard have been observed.


This reserve brings a delight with every season. Spring flowers punctuate the woodland floor with bursts of colour. Summer welcomes fairytale glow-worms, autumn a range of fungi including amethyst deceiver, ugly milkcap and fly agaric, whilst a crisp winter visit provides clear viewing of colourful finches, tits and jays.

Species and habitats

Heathland, Woodland
Kingfisher, Brown Trout, Common Lizard, Jay

Nearby nature reserves

Knowle Hill
0 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Parliament Piece
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Crackley Woods
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

On the northern side of Kenilworth, on Common Lane, off either the A429 or Dalehouse Lane
Map reference
SP 297 730
Great for...
historical interest
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Opening Times
Open at all times
11.80 hectares

Flat in parts, some steep paths
Walking information
Flat in parts, muddy in winter, various entrance gates, numerous paths
On-street parking in Forge Road, Woodmill Meadow, Highland Road and Woodland Road
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912 from reserve pages