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.
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 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.
The woodland in spring
Bluebells and wildflowers
Enjoy the incredible spectacle of swathes of bluebells either with our self guided trail maps or join us for a guided walk.
Visit the bird hide by the lake, built by the woodland volunteers, the ideal spot to see ducks and maybe even the flash of a kingfisher.
It's nesting season, so listen to the chorus overhead, but please keep dogs on their lead.
Our Rangers are passionate about the woodlands and love to share their highlights of each changing season with visitors.
From the sounds of birds and trickling cascades, to the colours of emerging new growth, discover the delights of the woods in Spring.
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Nymans woodland 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.