Know before you go
Parking informationOn nearby residential streets
Circular trail, woodland can get boggy
Some parts accessible, however the woodland can get boggy and unsuitable for wheelchair access. Also note that the circular trail around the reserve has steps.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen to the public all year
Best time to visitMarch to October
About the reserve
Daffern’s wood is on the western edge of New Arley village in rural North Warwickshire and was the first Local Nature Reserve to be declared in North Warwickshire. It is an Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland dating back to 1600 and is irreplaceable. Ancient woodlands are an important habitat for many rare and threatened species of animals and plants.
Daffern's Wood was once part of Arley Wood, in the Arden Forest which covered most of Warwickshire. Access, habitats and educational features at the reserve were improved as part of the wild:LIFE project a few years ago.
What is there to do here?
- Hunt for minibeasts on the woodland floor
- Listen for birdsong
- Make a journey stick as you explore: a memento of your walk from collected fallen items
The thick woodland here offers many animals and birds shelter, hunting and nesting places. Hearing them may be lot easier than seeing them especially in summer when the undergrowth is thick. You may find looking for the signs animals leave behind much easier, such as owl pellets and discarded burrows.