Ashley Wood Reserve


Size: 12ha.

Originally part of a large woodland area this ancient hazel & ash coppice has a display of bluebells & wood anemones in early spring.  Rotational coppicing and mown rides create open areas encouraging butterflies & wild flowers.

Wildlife interest:

  • Excellent variety of woodland birds & flowers.
  • Orpine & early purple orchid along the rides.
  • Great spotted woodpeckers nest.
  • Silver-washed fritillary & speckled wood butterflies can be seen in the cleared glades.

Best time to visit:

Any time of year. Early spring for a show of bluebells.


Limited due to the wet nature of the ground.


Map ref. ST 928048.  From Blandford travel south on the B3082.  Approximately 500m past garage on left there is a track, next to a house, into the reserve.  Access is by foot only through the field gate.  Parking not available on site.


Ashley Wood - photo by Dick Hill


Ashley Wood bluebells


Ashley Wood map


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