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Oak Hill Wood

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.

Visit us

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.

Get involved

To find volunteering opportunities at Oak Hill Wood, check the north London volunteering page.

Site status

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
Mill Hill Old Railway
5 miles - London Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Oak Hill Park, East Barnet
Greater London
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Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Sep - Nov
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Opening Times
Open at all times.
5.50 hectares

Terrain can be difficult, please contact the Trust for access information.
Walking information
No wheelchair access.
Car Park in Oak Hill Park and limited parking in Mansfield Avenue (from which there is access to the woods).
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
London Wildlife Trust
Tel: 020 7261 0447