Know before you go
Parking informationRoadside parking along Obthorpe Lane
The track to the reserve lies to the west of Obthorpe Lane, about 500m from the village; it is a further 500m walk down the track to the entrance; visitors are requested to keep to the perimeter pathway
Access via rough grass path and squeeze gate, uneven woodland terrain with visible tree roots, may not be suitable for wheelchair users
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The wood consists mainly of oak standards with hazel coppice. There are also ash, field maple, wych elm and wild service tree. Both common and midland hawthorns can be seen in the understorey. Bluebell, wood anemone and stitchwort are the most abundant species in the ground flora. Wood-sorrel, false brome, enchanter's-nightshade, bugle, yellow archangel and sweet woodruff can also be seen.
Birds include great spotted woodpecker, treecreeper, whitethroat, blackcap and willow warbler. Over 120 species of moth have been identified within the reserve. Management consists of bramble control, re-establishment of a coppice rotation and maintenance of some permanent glades.
An extension to Dole Wood in 2005 was bought covering around 13 acres of woodland, grassland and disused railway. Like the existing nature reserve, which is leased from a local landowner, the new four acre woodland extension is ancient deciduous woodland of old coppice-with-standards and includes some fine specimens of small-leaved lime. The grassland and disused railway are good for nesting birds and many wildflowers.
Nearest postcode PE10 0ES. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.