Brampton Wood Nature Reserve

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Brampton Wood Nature Reserve

Brampton Wood Nature Reserve

Brampton Wood is a 132.1 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest west of Brampton in Cambridgeshire and managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.
Approximately 280 species of fern, conifer, flowering plant and tree have been recorded in Brampton Wood. These include species such as dog's mercury, bluebell, primrose and violets. Also notable to the woodland are the ‘major oaks’ which stand at the entrance to the main ride.
Brampton Wood hosts three examples of wild service tree. The berries of this tree — known as 'chequers' were once widely used to flavour beer in Great Britain (before hops). A limited edition beer 'Chequered Past' was produced by The Son of Sid Brewery in 2010.Brampton Wood has thriving colonies of black hairstreaks, one of Britain’s rarest butterflies. The butterfly survives due to careful management of the rides. This involves trimming the scrub at times in the year when the population can cope. Brown argus, white admiral and purple hairstreak can also be spotted at Brampton Wood.

Also currently thriving in Brampton Wood is the hazel dormouse population. The species was reintroduced in 1992 and live in low densities across the wood. They thrive on hazel, bramble and a variety of flowers.

Common woodland birds including green woodpecker pictured and marsh tit.


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