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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.

Nearby Reserves

Harridge Woods
Lynchcombe

Yarley Fields
Westhay Moor
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.

Health & Safety: Watch out for site management activities.

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 23 August

A walk around the Bishop’s Palace moat in Wells with local bat expert Dave Cottle and members of the Somerset Bat Group. Learn how to use a bat detector to identify dierent species, and fascinating facts about bats. Family friendly, but please note the late finish.

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Saturday 10 September

A coastal walk led by Nigel Phillips, Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Coastal Ambassador, and reknowned expert in the ora and fauna of our
coastal region. You will be finding life in rock pools, comparing different varieties of seaweed and looking at the wonderful and varied plant and bird life along the coast at Dunster Beach.

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Wednesday 28 September

Take a walk around Cathedral Green to see range of building stones from Jurassic, Triassic, Carboniferous and Devonian periods, to learn about their formation and use in the Cathedral and local buildings.

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