Natural England - Dendles Wood NNR

Dendles Wood NNR

Dendles Wood NNR is an area of upland oak-beech woodland located in a narrow gorge of the River Yealm. The woodland is rich in ferns, mosses and lichens.

Dedles Wood NNR

County: Devon

Main habitats: Woodland

Why visit: The woodland is of particular scientific interest because it is a mixed oak-beech wood pasture which predates a large scale planting of beech in Devon in the sixteenth century. The beech is therefore assumed to be native at the edge of its natural range.

The best times to visit are from mid-April to mid-June for woodland birds and bluebells.

Star species: The typical damp conditions of upland Atlantic oak woods encourages a rich community of lichens and mosses. Breeding birds include redstart, wood warbler and pied flycatcher.

Seven species of bat have been found here including the nationally rare barbastelle bat which breeds here. There is a good population of the blue ground beetle which is a red data book species.

Please note, this is a hazardous site and for health and safety reasons public access is limited to permit holders. For details contact the site manager by email or telephone 01626 832 330.

Managing the reserve

The reserve is part of a large programme of scientific monitoring. Active management work is kept to a minimum.

How to get there

Dendles Wood is on the southern edge of Dartmoor, 3 km north of Cornwood village.

We encourage the use of sustainable methods of transport whenever possible.

By train

The nearest train station is in Ivybridgeexternal link.

By bus

A bus service from Plymouth to Cornwood. For details see the Traveline SWexternal link.

By car

Cornwood is accessed via minor roads from the A38 and the nearest car parking is in the village.

Visiting the reserve

School and community groups

There are no facilities on-site, but public toilets can be found in Cornwood. School, college, university and interest groups should contact site staff for more information or to arrange a site visit.

Want to get involved?

There are opportunities to assist with practical management and research on the reserve. For details, contact site staff using the details below.

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Further information

Contact site staff on 01626 832 330 or email: