Ancient woodland with beautiful springtime bluebells

Location

Just north west of Studley, near Redditch
Redditch
Warwickshire
B80 7EN

OS Map Reference

SP 052 637
A static map of Rough Hill Wood

Know before you go

Size
21 hectares

Parking information

Car park off the Slough, for members only

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

Steep slopes, wet and muddy patches in winter

Access

The terrain around the reserve is steep and muddy in areas. 

Dogs

Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

This peaceful and atmospheric woodland is set on a hillside and its history traces back to 1250. 

The woodland is made up of sessile oak, birch, rowan, aspen and small leaved lime. Wildflowers emerge in spring with a sea of bluebells. Since looking after the wood we have re-introduced some coppicing, an ancient woodland management technique. Trees are cut at the base and the resulting regrowth can be used for products from walking sticks to firewood or fencing. Coppiced trees re-sprout from the base and continue to grow for many years to come. 

What's it like to visit? 

The wood dominates the hillside along ‘the Slough' and it's teeming with life from brimstone butterflies to long-tailed tits. There is also a small area of heathland to explore with heather and bilberry.   

What is there to do here? 

  • Walk to the top of the ridge to enjoy views over the tree canopy
  • Visit in spring for carpets of bluebells
  • Find fungi in autumn

What might you spot? 

Beneath the ancient trees grows hazel and midland hawthorn with holly and wild privet.  Bluebell, wood anemone and primrose celebrate spring's arrival and provide a blanket of vibrant colour to the dappled woodland floor. You may also find broad-leaved helleborine and betony. 

There are plenty of birds to spot from cuckoo and chiffchaff to all three types of woodpecker. 

Contact us

Karl Curtis
Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Contact email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

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