Hawthorn and blackthorn in this oak plantation provide a marvellous source of berries for birds, making this reserve popular with birdwatchers.
Hawthorn and blackthorn in this oak plantation provide a marvellous source of berries for birds in autumn and winter, making this reserve popular with birdwatchers.
The hundred year-old oak plantation over hazel coppice which forms Ten Acre Wood; adjoins the flower-rich Yeading Brook Meadows.
Coppicing has been reintroduced to rejuvenate the hazel and the ground flora. Hawthorn and blackthorn give fine displays of blossom early in the year, as well as providing an abundance of berries which keep the birds well-fed in autumn and winter.
The meadows range from dry to wet, and there is also a small pond, a marshy area and a brook, which runs along the western side of the woodland in the north and the eastern edge in the south.
Habitats you'll see
Woodland, meadow, marsh, pond and brook.
Species you might spot
Oak, hazel, hawthorn and blackthorn; Roesel's bush cricket; great spotted woodpecker; gatekeeper butterfly.
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.
By the Golden Bridge at east end of Charville Lane, North Hayes, or take the path leading from the end of Sharvel Lane.
Open at all times
Site of Metropolitan Importance; Local Nature Reserve
Species and habitats