bluebells

Bluebells - Lara Howe

Mascall's Wood comprises of an area of broadleaved ancient woodland on very steep slopes with a great diversity of woodland flora and lower slopes.

Location

Mascall's Wood,
Bradley Cross
Cheddar
Somerset

OS Map Reference

ST 471 536
A static map of Mascall's Wood

Know before you go

Size
6 hectares

Parking information

Park in Cheddar and walk on footpath starting at ST 463 539 for about half a mile or on foot from Bradley Cross ST 469 531

Grazing animals

The former strawberry plots contain species-rich grassland and are managed through grazing and rotational scrub clearance.

Access

Contact the Trust for access information.

Dogs

On a lead
Visit the 'Dog walking on reserves' page in the Contact section for more information.

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

The wood is predominantly Oak, Ash and Lime and due to the steep slopes and folds in the landscape it is classified as a ravine woodland. You will also find Whitebeam and Yew trees and also a considerable amount of the non-native Turkey Oak which was planted some time in the past. Turkey Oaks are easy to identify as they have hairy acorn cups very different from our native Oaks which have smooth acorn cups.

The ground flora is species-rich with Bluebells, Dog’s Mercury, Wood Anemone and Wood Sedge. There is also a small patch of the nationally rare Purple Gromwell.

During the spring and summer, a range of butterflies can be seen including Marbled White, Brown Argus and Grizzled Skipper. Other notable invertebrates include the Bulin and Large Chrysalis Snails, Great-Green Bush Cricket and the Spurge Bug. At dawn and dusk in spring, summer and autumn Lesser Horseshoe Bats can be seen feeding along the woodland edge.

All year round Green Woodpeckers can be seen feeding on the ant-hills and Ravens and Buzzards are often overhead.

On the lower slopes of the reserve are some overgrown, and more recently acquired, fields once used to grow strawberries. After being abandoned for strawberry growing and becoming overgrown with brambles and scrub, the Trust is now encouraging a flower rich grassland to develop through rotational scrub cutting and grazing.

Reserve conservation management - The woodland is managed through removal of non-native species along with the thinning and coppicing of native tree species. This creates clearings encouraging the growth of understorey plants and the natural regeneration of native tree species. The former strawberry plots contain species-rich grassland and are managed through grazing and rotational scrub clearance.

Mascall's Wood is also close to Cheddar Gorge.

Contact us

Somerset Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01823 652400

Mascall's Wood documents