Netley Woods at Abinger Roughs and Netley Park

A beech tree at Abinger Roughs

Our woodland is a mixture of beech, ash and evergreen yew. There are also some old oaks on the high ridge. Although the wood was badly damaged in the heavy storms of 1987 and 1990, there are still some very impressive trees, especially beech.

Woodland habitat

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.


Many downland plants survive along the footpaths and in the woodland glades. The unusual adder’s-tongue fern and bird’s-nest orchid can sometimes be found.