We're letting the woodland grow naturally, but some paths have been widened and glades created to help develop a good herbaceous layer. This will provide nectar-rich plants for butterflies and warm, sunny glades for orchids and insects.
This habitat is a quiet refuge for many of our well-known British wildlife. Tawny owls, sparrowhawks and little owls hunt here. Brown long eared bats congregate in hollow trees and dormice live amongst the tree canopy. These small mammals are currently being monitored by the Surrey Wildlife Trust
Dormice usually only come out at night to feed on insects, nuts and flowers. They can live for up to six years in the wild but can be taken by owls or foxes. Dormice hibernate from October to April. They build a winter nest on or near the ground, among tree roots or in tree hollows.
You might see wild deer as you walk around the woods. There are two species to spot, and the commonest is our native roe deer. You might also see the non-native muntjac, which is gradually increasing its range. Unfortunately, this deer causes a lot of damage to trees and ground flora, including bluebells.
Netley Wood is a perfect home for badgers because they like to live in undisturbed woodland with well-drained, easily dug soil, and plenty of undergrowth for cover. There’s also a good supply of food.