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King's Castle Wood
Nature Reserve

The ancient iron age hill fort reserve of King’s Castle Wood is a peaceful haven packed with wild flowers in spring and summer and just a walk away from the beautiful historic city of Wells, the smallest city in England.

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Harridge Woods
Lynchcombe

Yarley Fields
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Withial Combe

Wildlife

What to See

 

Bagder

 

Nuthatch

 

Dog's Mercury

 

Wood Anemone

 
At the ancient iron age hill fort of King’s Castle Wood nature reserve look out for early summer woodland butterflies like the orange tip, brimstone and speckled wood attracted by the rich variety of woodland flowers.

Beneath the trees the ground is rich in wild flowers with large swathes of bluebells and dog’s mercury. Uncommon flora and fauna flourish here including solomons seal, spurge laurel, wood goldilocks, herb paris, meadow saffron, toothwort and common gromwell.

The King's Castle reserve is home to important nesting birds including marsh tit and wood warbler.

You can often see roe deer and there are badger setts in the woodland.

29 acres (11.7 ha)

About

About

This nature reserve is an ancient semi-natural woodland, made up primarily of ash, hazel and field maple, with planted oak and a fine stand of small-leaved lime.

The main area of woodland at King's Castle on a flat-topped part of the outlying Mendip Hills, where an Iron Age fort once stood. It is one of around 47 hill forts in Somerset.

Location

Location & Access

By car

The reserve is just a mile south-east of the centre of the City of Wells in Somerset, but not accessible by car.

By foot

The main route to the woodland is south from the centre of Wells on the B3139 ­ turn right after half a mile. There is open access at ST 565 456 - walk along the track to the east.

Opening

Open access to the public, all year round.

Grid Reference: ST 568 456

Events

Events Nearby

Tuesday 27 January

Local bat expert Dave Cottle will talk about “The history and natural history of King's Castle Wood”

Tuesday 24 February

Les Davies MBE, professional countryman, environmentalist, writer and broadcaster will give an illustrated talk “Mendip Hills through the Time Tunnel” the area where for nearly twenty years he was the AONB Senior Warden.

Tuesday 24 March

Alys Laver, Senior Conservation Warden at Steart Marshes will give an illustrated talk describing how Somerset Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the Environment Agency are creating one of the UK’s largest new wetland reserves. To be followed by an organised visit.

Saturday 18 April

A walk around Ubley Warren with John Dickson, looking for emerging adders and other reptiles and amphibians.

Click the following link for a full list of Somerset wildlife events




 

 

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