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The extensive and secluded Tudeley Woods RSPB site is one of the largest remaining blocks of semi-natural ancient woodland in South East England, and a refuge for a wide variety of birds – including all three species of British Woodpeckers.
Previously modified by a history of coppicing, plantings and the effects of the Wealden iron industry, the reserve is currently undergoing another change, with large parts of the site now newly restored lowland heath. In these areas, Tree Pipits, Woodlarks and Nightjars are returning, and it is hoped that Dartford Warblers will also colonise.
In other areas, the woods have been coppiced to open up the woodland floor to allow woodland flowers and butterflies to flourish. There are reckoned to be more than 1,000 species of fungi in the woods, while a carpet of bluebells, primroses and even orchids emerges in spring, creating a truly beautiful environment.
The ancient practise of charcoal burning is still carried on in the woods, with the charcoal being sold locally.
The reserve itself is open at all times, while the car park can be opened by prior arrangement for groups. There is limited parking available outside at other times.
Easy access information
This park and open space contains uneven trails, un-surfaced or narrow pathways. Also, there are width restricting features, such as stiles and narrow gaps making it difficult for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs to access some parts of the site.