Bradfield Woods

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Bradfield Woods

Bradfield Woods

Bradfield Woods is a national nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest located 8 miles (13 km) south-east of Bury St Edmunds and 0.75 miles (1.21 km) west of the village of Gedding in the English county of Suffolk. The site is partly owned by the Royal Society for Nature Conservation and is managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust. The area designated as an SSSI is 83.0 hectares (205 acres) in size with the national nature reserve making up 64 hectares (160 acres) of the site.

The woods are ancient and have a history of continuous coppicing since at least 1252. They consist of areas of Alder, Oak, Hazel and Ash woodland and are covered by a Tree preservation order. Over 370 plant species have been recorded at the site.

The woods support a range of woodland birds, including a substantial breeding population of nightingales pictured.Other notable animal species include the dormouse
Muscardinus avellanarius which, along with other small mammal species, appears to be favoured by the coppice management.Additional variety is provided by a substantial pond and by a glade known as Hewitt’s Meadow. There are also many small streams, pools and temporary wet hollows which support bryophytes, ferns and other plants requiring high humidity.



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