Hazel Hill is an ancient woodland site, meaning that this land has been wooded for centuries. Species like bluebell and holly are evidence of this history. Hazel Hill Wood is now lovingly managed as a conservation woodland, and has been designated as a Local Wildlife Site. It has a high diversity of wildflowers, trees and fungi, providing a variety of landscapes and habitats.
Maintaining these habitats requires ongoing practical conservation work, completed largely by volunteers. We are always looking for ways that visitors to Hazel Hill Wood can support the conservation of the woodland. Have you ever wanted to be more involved in conserving Britain’s woodlands? If so, why not join us for one of our Volunteer Conservation Days.
The Heartwood in the middle of Hazel Hill is a cathedral-like area of mature Beech and Scots Pine, with masses of bluebells in Spring. The eastern side has both large and young hornbeam, along with areas of mixed hardwood (such as oak, ash, beech) planted over the past twenty years.
The wilder west end has some areas of magnificent oak trees, still young adults at 90 years old, along with areas of birch and hazel. This area includes some of our 12 acre designated nature reserve and is home to many rare species. The wood has a rich variety of wildlife, including many bird species, three types of deer, and butterflies such as the pearl-bordered fritillary and argent sable moth.
Many rides have been widened to encourage wildflowers and woodland shrubs like hawthorn and spindle. This adds valuable habitat diversity as do the ponds, wetlands and open spaces.
Next to the wood, by the entrance track is a 5 acre meadow which is rich in wildflowers and offers rich habitat for butterflies and bees.
The overall plan for the wood was developed using Permaculture principles, with guidance from Patrick Whitefield. We also receive regular visits and advice from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.