Ashwellthorpe Wood

Ashwellthorpe Wood is managed as a nature reserve and provides quiet walks and the chance to see deer and various birds, as well as foxes etc. To find out more about it CLICK HERE or HERE.

Please note that Lower Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and it is therefore a serious offence to remove or plant anything in the wood. This includes even leaves or flowers, with the only exception being authorised situations e.g. for research work or NWT volunteer workers who may remove coppiced wood.

Recently someone has been seen entering the wood with a bucket and trowel. Anyone seeing suspicious behaviour should please contact the Wildlife Crime Officer on 0845 456 4567

On the other hand please make use of the wood by walking there and enjoying the flora and fauna.

A Parish Walk was lead through the wood in April 2010. A report of this which includes history and wildlife information can be found on the website.

Please also see the Photo Album for the wood through the seasons.

Fungi Foray

There will be a guided walk in Ashwellthorpe Woods to see and learn about fungi. This is being organised by WyNG which is the Wymondham section of he Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT). Meet at the entrance to the woods at 10.30 am on Sunday 11th October.

Please note that places are limited and must be booked in advance by contacting Ann Roberts (01953 604311 or

Ashwellthorpe Volunteers needed 2009/10

Work in Ashwellthorpe Lower Wood will commence on Sunday 27th September. If you got a chance to visit the wood during April, May or June you would have seen the impressive display of early purple orchids followed by twayblades and the largest number of herb paris plants we’ve ever recorded. These included the “normal” plants with their classic four-fold symmetry of leaves, petals, sepals and stamens and all the variants possible including the five-leaved, six-leaved, seven-leaved and even the rare three-leaved variety with three petals and three sepals. The first job of the season will be to clear the rides, cut back any over-hanging branches and create sunny corridors for butterflies, including White Admiral which was sighted this summer. Then work will begin on the hectare coppice block just north of last season’s coupe.

Ashwellthorpe Lower Wood 27th September – 20th December, then 10th Jan – first signs of spring.

2pm start as usual. Tools provided. Don’t forget your boots and gloves.

Any queries contact Anne Edwards 01603 812309

Barn Owls and Little Owl

We hear (31 July 2007) that the Wymondham group of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (WyNG) has installed nest boxes for Barn Owls and Little Owls 16feet up in some of the trees in the wood.  Dr Anne Edwards from WyNG said that a local supplier had produced the boxes with particular features for safe rearing, including “nylon bolts required to fix the boxes” which had been sourced via the Hawk and Owl Trust.  Volunteers from the RSPB with climbing skills helped in this task by fitting the next boxes in the selected trees. [for more information see Eastern Daily Press, 31 July 2007, page 9]