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Juliet's Wood

This site is two sections of ancient woodland with a newly planted area between. The western wood is dominated by oak with some rowan, birch and wild cherry. In the centre, the trees are predominantly elm and hazel for coppice. There is a good bird fauna with species such as barn, tawny and little owls and a wide range of woodland mammals such roe deer, badger, stoat and weasel.

This site is an area of ancient semi-natural woodland in two parts. The area between the woods was formally agricultural grassland, but was replanted with trees in 1991 and again in 2009. The western wood has a fairly uniform canopy dominated by oak with some rowan, birch and wild cherry. Regeneration is limited to rowan seedlings. The under storey is generally sparse but includes hazel and holly. The field layer is mainly grassy, but to the south it becomes richer, with several plant species indicative of ancient woodland. The trees planted in the central part of the site are predominantly hazel and elm to manage as a coppice. The ground vegetation here is dominated by coarse grasses, but towards the edge, woodland plants such as dog's mercury occur. There is no access to the smaller eastern wood which is of a similar age and composition to the western area with a canopy dominated by oak. The woods have a very good bird fauna, including barn, tawny and little owls, wood warbler, pied flycatcher and tree creeper. A wide range of mammals also occur including roe deer, badger, stoat and weasel.

Species and habitats

Rowan, Wild Cherry, Hazel, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Wood Warbler

Nearby nature reserves

South Close Field
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Whittle Dene
8 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Priestclose Wood
8 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

1km north of Slaley Village
Map reference
NY 977 587
Best time to visit
Apr - Jun
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8.00 hectares

Please see downloadable Access Information for the reserve below.
Walking information
Access is along the footpath from Slaley signed to Marley Cote Walls
Car parking is on the roadside in Slaley village
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884


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