Know before you go
Parking informationRoadside parking
Waymarked routes available, visitors are requested to keep to the rides, a public footpath crosses the reserve on the main east-west ride
Wheelchair access may only be possible in dry weather
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The moisture retentive clays and the closeness of the canopy make Hoplands a damp wood in which ferns and mosses abound. Oak and ash are the dominant trees. There is a varied bird population including woodcock, tawny owl, treecreeper, great spotted woodpecker, spotted flycatcher and nuthatch, as well as six species of summer warbler. Barn owls occasionally hunt in the rides. A pond in the glade also attracts spawning frogs.
The usual ancient woodland indicators are present such as dog’s mercury, bluebell, bugle and early purple orchid. A good population of herb-Paris as well as common twaybalde orchid is also present.
Nearest postcode LN13 0HL. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.