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Tocil Wood Nature Reserve

An ancient woodland with typical spring flowers

Lying on Liassic sandstone and Triassic clay, this reserve contains three main habitats – oak woodland, swamp and a wet meadow.


Under a canopy of oak, sycamore and ash, hazel, elder and rowan create a shady woodland floor where bluebells abound. Dog’s mercury, wood-sorrel, wood anemone and violets offer springtime gems. Autumn brings an array of colour and the intriguing beefsteak fungus, stinkhorn and buttercap


The wetland sustains alder and goat willow, sedges and rush, with dashes of colour from marsh-marigold and the uncommon large bittercress. Hart’s-tongue fern can be found along the bank of the stream.


The reserve is good for migrant warblers and over 60 species of birds have been recorded. Even the shy stoat and weasel may be spotted occasionally.

Nearby nature reserves

Crackley Woods
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Kenilworth Common
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Knowle Hill
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

On the southern edge of Coventry, situated in the University of Warwick campus
Map reference
SP 304 754
Great for...
ancient trees
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
5.80 hectares

Paths around the reserve are relatively flat but can become muddy in areas.
Walking information
Relatively flat paths, can be muddy
Roadside parking off Gibbet Hill
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912 from reserve pages