Bunny Wood – or to give it its formal title: Bunny Old Wood West – is a nature reserve in an area of ancient woodland on the north-facing scarp slope of Bunny Hill, a ridge just south of Bunny village in Nottinghamshire.
You can download an NWT Reserve Fact sheet for this site.
For details of the regular work party go to the Reserves/Reserve Work Party tab
It was recorded as a coppiced woodland in the Domesday Book of 1086, and continued to be managed as productive woodland using this traditional technique until the 1920s, when it was apparently clear-felled and then left unmanaged for many years. The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust (NWT) acquired it as a nature reserve in the 1980s. Since then, the traditional coppicing regime has been re-introduced and maintained by dedicated volunteers. This has successfully controlled Dutch elm disease in the wood’s wych elms and opened-up the understorey to improve habitat and biodiversity.
This reserve is open to walk in at all times. Work parties, organised walks, wildlife monitoring and related activities take place in Bunny Wood – please see the published NWT events guides for details. Access to parts of the wood may be restricted when maintenance work is in progress.
Map of area (below) showing the reserve entrance, which is on the left of the A60 Nottingham to Loughborough road as it climbs Bunny Hill, about 1 mile south of Bunny village. (Use the on-map controls to zoom and pan the view to your requirements.)
Parking: For organised events the reserve gate will be open and you may use the car park inside. Otherwise park on the verge by the entrance, or at the bottom of Bunny Hill Top lane opposite. Please do not block the reserve gate or the bridleway or entrances to neighbouring properties.
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