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.
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 email@example.com or telephone 01626 832 330.
The reserve is part of a large programme of scientific monitoring. Active management work is kept to a minimum.
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.
The nearest train station is in Ivybridge.
A bus service from Plymouth to Cornwood. For details see the Traveline SW.
Cornwood is accessed via minor roads from the A38 and the nearest car parking is in the village.
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.
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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Contact site staff on 01626 832 330 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org