An ancient oak and hazel coppice woodland carpeted with brilliant bluebells in spring and a year-long haven for birds and wildflowers
Gutteridge Wood in Hillingdon sits in an area of traditional countryside character, where ancient woodland and wildflower meadows meet.
This part of the Yeading Brook Valley is a haven for birds. Oak and hazel coppice woodland bursts to life each spring with a blanket of bluebells. Wildflowers and grasses dominate the meadows, hosting an array of insect life.
Species you can see at Gutteridge Wood
History of Gutteridge Wood
The woodland is ancient and has been standing here for many hundreds of years; it was once called Great Ditch Wood. A dedicated volunteer group have worked tirelessly to conserve this area for 30 years and persuaded landowner Hillingdon Council to designate Gutteridge Wood as part of Yeading Woods Local Nature Reserve in 1990, which also includes adjacent Ten Acre Wood.
Management of Gutteridge Wood
Work centres on expanding the area of neutral wet grassland, clearing encroaching thorny scrub and reintroducing conservation grazing. We have also undertaken river improvements along Yeading Brook, reducing shading from overhanging vegetation and creating a more natural river flow with brash berms, helping the river sustain more invertebrate and fish species.
Facilities at Gutteridge Wood
Hillingdon Trail runs through and connects Gutteridge Wood with Ten Acre Wood (to the east) and Ickenham Marsh (to the north). There is a boardwalk in places.
How to get to Gutteridge Wood
The entrance from the west is in Lynhurst Crescent, while from the east the entrance is via the Hillingdon Path or Charville Lane. The U2 bus stops in Windsor Avenue or Ryefield Avenue, while the U7 stops in Charville Lane. Hillingdon (Piccadilly line) is the nearest station, about 12 minutes’ walk to Gutteridge Wood.
Opening times for Gutteridge Wood
The reserve is open at all times.
Accessibility at Gutteridge Wood
Gates and barriers excluding illegal motorcycles from using the Hillingdon Trail means the site is inaccessible to wheelchairs. The main path is well surfaced and there is a boardwalk in places, but other parts can be muddy. Parking’s available in Charville Lane and there’s limited parking in Lynhurst Crescent.
Status of Gutteridge Wood
Within a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation, Local Nature Reserve, Metropolitan Green Belt.
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Species and habitats
- Kingfisher, Roesel's Bush-cricket, Small Skipper, Field Wood-rush, Bank Vole, Broad-leaved Helleborine, Green Woodpecker, Hobby, Wood Mouse, Purple Hairstreak, Bluebell, Field Vole, Wasp Spider, Six-spot Burnet, Nuthatch, Buzzard, Bank Vole, Red Kite, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Gatekeeper, Spindle