This extensive nature reserve is one of Hertfordshire's largest remaining historic wood pasture commons and comprises open bracken glades and wide rides with oak, hornbeam and birch woodland. Entrances for pedestrians are off Carbone Hill and The Ridgeway in Cuffley. The entrance to the car park is on The Ridgeway.
Local Nature Reserves
Local Nature Reserves are special places for their wildlife, quiet visitor enjoyment and recreation.
There are eight council managed local nature reserves in Welwyn Hatfield.
Northaw Great Wood
Sherrardspark Wood is one of Hertfordshire's largest and most important oak and hornbeam woodlands.
This is a large wood extending to 37 hectares, regenerating naturally following gravel extraction in the 20th century. In mediaeval times it was wood pasture common where local people grazed animals, gathered fuel and fed their pigs on acorns. There is a car park on Heath Road, an easy access trail close by and a longer perimeter trail for horse-riders and cyclists.
Danesbury is a historic parkland once linked to Danesbury House. It is now managed extensively using rare-breed cattle and occasional cutting. The nature reserve can be accessed from residential roads in Welwyn and by footpath from Oaklands, Potters Heath and the Codicote Road.
This wet meadow lies adjacent to the River Mimram on the northern edge of Welwyn. Managed by cattle grazing and cutting, it represents a rare habitat in Hertfordshire.
This delightful area lies around the southern boundaries of the QEII Hospital and has a range of habitats including oak woodland, calcareous fen, meadows, ditches and ponds.
Stanborough Reed Marsh
This small nature reserve lies at the south end of Stanborough Park and comprises mainly reed beds, sedge marsh and wet willow woodland, all rare habitats in Hertfordshire.
A meandering stream lies at the bottom of a deeply incised valley clothed in woodland comprising mature hornbeam, oak and beech. This lovely woodland reserve lies between Woods Avenue and the railway line and access is via Howe Dell or Honeysuckle Gardens.
This small woodland lies south of Deerswood Avenue and is important for its woodland plants.