A medieval wood that is a great place to spot bats.
This medieval oak wood is a great place to spot bats, as well as being home to the rare wild service tree and bright woodland flowers.
A beautiful site to visit in autumn when the leaves change and fall.
Tall oaks have stood in these 5.5 hectare woods - their roots firmly planted in London clay - since medieval times, shedding their golden leaves among the reds and yellows of hornbeam and ash.
A central core harbours rare wild service trees and bright woodland flowers including wood anemone and yellow archangel.
The wood is an excellent place for bats, both pipistrelle and brown long-eared bats roost here and noctule bats have also been recorded.
On a summer's evening, these fascinating nocturnal mammals can be seen swooping over the adjacent meadows.
Habitats you'll see
Woodland and meadow
Species you might spot
Wild service tree, wood anemone and yellow archangel; pipistrelle bat, brown long-eared bat and noctule bat; lesser spotted woodpecker.
If you spot these or any other species, please submit your wildlife sightings to Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) to help build a picture of London's nature.
The main entrance is in Parkside Gardens, Barnet.
Open at all times.
To see if there are any events coming up at this reserve, take a look at our event listings.
To find volunteering opportunities at Oak Hill Wood, check the north London volunteering page.
Site of Borough Importance; Local Nature Reserve.
Species and habitats
Nearby nature reserves
- Totteridge Fields
- 4 miles - London Wildlife Trust
- Fir and Pond Woods
- 4 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
- Stoke Newington East Reservoir Community Garden: temporary closure
- 6 miles - London Wildlife Trust