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Gutteridge Wood

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.

A visit to Gutteridge Wood can form part of a day out to three adjacent nature reserves - Ten Acre Wood joins immediately to the south and Yeading Brook Meadows is another short walk beyond it.


Species you can see at Gutteridge Wood

Birds: Kingfisher, great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, nuthatch, kestrel, hobby, buzzard, red kite

Invertebrates: Roesel's bushcricket, gatekeeper, purple hairstreak, burnet moth, skipper, wasp spider

Mammals: Field vole, bank vole, woodmouse, shrew

Plants: Bluebellbroad leaved helleborine, spindle, woodrush


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.

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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Nearby nature reserves

Ten Acre Wood
1 miles - London Wildlife Trust
Ickenham Marsh
1 miles - London Wildlife Trust
Yeading Brook Meadows
1 miles - London Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Lynhurst Crescent, North Hillingdon
Greater London
UB10 9EQ
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Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
getting away from it all
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Sep - Nov
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Open at all times
25.00 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Crane Valley Living Landscape
Street parking available in Lynhurst Crescent
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Tom Hayward
Tel: 0207 261 0447


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