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Tocil Wood Nature Reserve

An ancient woodland with typical spring flowers

Lying on Liassic sandstone and Triassic clay, this pleasurable 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 occasionally afford the discerning visitor a rare treat.

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

Location
On the southern edge of Coventry, situated in the University of Warwick campus
Coventry
CV4 7AJ
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
Size
5.80 hectares
Access
Yes

Paths around the reserve are relatively flast but can become muddy in areas. Contact the Trust for further information.
Walking information
Relatively flat paths, can be muddy
Parking
Roadside parking off Gibbet Hill
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
No
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912
enquiries@wkwt.org.uk?subject=mail from reserve pages