Hopland's Wood

Tree creeper

Bob Coyle

Hoplands Wood

Barrie Wilkinson

Hoplands Wood

Barrie Wilkinson

Hopland's Wood

An example of the once extensive oak/ash woods of the calcareous Boulder Clay soils of Lincolnshire.


Candlesby Road
Claxby St Andrew
Nearest postcode LN13 0HL

OS Map Reference

TF 459 718
A static map of Hopland's Wood

Know before you go

14 hectares

Parking information

Roadside parking

Walking trails

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


No dogs permitted
Assistance dogs only

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April 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.

Location information

Hopland’s Wood location PDF



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Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)