There is no better place to experience the change of the season than in the woods. Walk through gentle mists, discover berries and fungi, see spectacular leaf colour and hear the rustling of foraging wildlife. A detailed map guide is available for purchase showing our three circular walks helping you to explore this enchanting place.
The bare trees in winter can take on an other-worldly feel as their branches twist into sculptures and when covered in frost or snow can be quite beautiful. The glossy foliage of the evergreens with berries feels festive and our redwoods stand tall and majestic. Put on your wellies, come down and walk off your winter feasts with us.
Our woodland is cool and leafy in summer and the perfect place to come for a stroll. Abundant wildflowers along our paths and meadows attract a multitude of insects. Can you spot the butterflies and dragonflies as you pass by? Sitting in the shade by the lake or cascades could treat you to an electric glimpse of a kingfisher.
There is no better place to feel the awakening of spring than in the woods. The air is warming, the ground is carpeted with wild flowers, swathes of anemones, daffodils and bluebells and birds fill the air with song whilst streams and cascades run freely. Brush away those winter cobwebs and lift your spirits with a walk down into our woods.
The woodland in autumn
The autumn trees are laden with fruits, berries, nuts and seeds and the woodland rustles with activity as birds and animals feast to fatten up for winter.
Ferns and fungi
Flowers may have faded but the delicate fronds of ferns persist and fungi now take the stage, in multiple shapes and colours on tree trunks or rising through the fallen leaves.
The tree canopy displays a mosaic of bronze, copper, yellow, red and orange often punctuated with evergreen holly, yew and the occasional conifer such as the stately redwoods.
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Nymans woods SSSI
Nymans woods is classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, as designated by Natural England. It receives this classification because of its age (it is ancient woodland) and the wide variety of plant and animal life it supports. Calling Nymans 'home' are a vast array of birds, butterflies, dragonflies and wild flowers amongst the trees, waterways, meadows and giant rocks.
The woods support a rich community of breeding birds, including woodpeckers, finches, warblers, tits and kingfishers. In order to maintain the woods as a safe place for them to flourish we ask visitors to keep their dogs on leads during nesting season - 1 March to 31 July.
Spot butterflies such as the Silver Washed Fritillary and White Admiral fluttering along the grassy rides or catch a glimpse of the scarce Brilliant and Downy Emerald dragonflies along the waterways and the electric blue of the Beautiful Demoiselle.
As well as swathes of familiar woodland flowers, such as bluebells, primroses and anemones, our special microclimate means we are home to some unusual plants, mosses, liverworts and ferns. These include orchids, hay and lemon-scented ferns, and the pretty and delicate ivy-leaved bellflower.
Do you want to know more about the different types of birds and trees in our wonderful woods? Download a handy leaf ID guide here ready for your next visit. A bird ID sheet is available in the 'breeding birds' section.