Black Plantation Nature Reserve

Terrain: Moderate
Size: 13.8
OS Map: 307
Nearest Postcode: See Description
Nearest Town: Satley
Grid Reference: NZ-134 451
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A good example of a secondary broadleaved woodland that has developed on an ancient woodland site.

Black Plantation comprises 13.8 hectares of woodland dominated by semi-mature birch with a scattering of oak and other native broadleaf trees. Lying on the south bank of the River Browney, the wood is a short distance from DWT’s Ragpath Heath Nature Reserve.

The wood has regenerated naturally following clear felling, probably sometime during the 1960’s and has a varied flora including wood sorrel, primrose and common dog violet as well as plenty of fungi species and sphagnum moss.

The woodland supports a good variety of bird species and also contains areas of species rich wet grassland with plants such as ragged robin, devils bit scabious, marsh thistle and betony providing a potentially rich nectar source for a large number of butterflies and other insects.

Reserve Map & Access

Terrain
Pathways are unsurfaced and may be muddy in wet weather.

Access & Parking
There is parking for 2 cars off the roadside just to the north of the entrance. The site has a network of permissive paths that create a circular route through the wood from two pedestrian entrances located off the B6296.

Dogs
Welcome but on leads at all times.

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