Welcome to the Sherrardspark Wood Wardens website


Sherrardspark Wood is an ancient woodland of 75 hectares bordering the north west edge of Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire and is one of 8 Local Nature Reserves owned and managed by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. The recorded history of the wood dates from The Domesday Book. Its importance as an outstanding example of sessile oak and hornbeam woodland in the south east of England was recognized when it was designated a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' (SSSI) in 1986.

The Sherrardspark Wood Wardens' Society was formed in 1966 to help protect the Wood from the pressures of an ever expanding Welwyn Garden City. The Society is largely self-funding and has a trained work force of around 60 volunteers. Today, the members actively manage the wood in conjunction with the Borough Council to re-establish its historic character, and also independently run programmes to monitor the varied wildlife.

Information boardThe Wood, which is crossed by many footpaths and bridleways,  is also an amenity much used by the public - walkers with or without dogs, joggers, cyclists, horse riders and people who simply want to spend time in a beautiful place.  Click here for a more detailed map.

The local community - schools, outside groups and the general public - is regularly updated with the latest information concerning the wood through articles in the local press and programmes of guided walks and talks.



Recent News

Rare beetle found in Sherrardspark wood

A rare beetle, never before seen in Britain, has been found in Sherrardspark Wood. This beetle, rejoicing in the name Dermestoides sanguinicollis, was found by local Coleopterist, Dan Asaw, whilst surveying the range of insects in this sessile oak and hornbeam woodland.


Spotting woodland birds

Our ever-popular bird walk took place this year on 12th May led by Murray Brown.  We saw and/or heard all manner of birds, from wrens to buzzards, green woodpeckers to chiffchaffs.

If you would like to spot birds in and around the woods you may like to use our checklist click here.  How many will you score?    

Guided walks programme for 2019

To welcome the arrival of the new year we have published our 2019 guided walks programme.  The walks, which take place between March and October, are a great way to get to know more about the woods and to enjoy the spectacular seasonal changes which happen through the year.

For full details see our guided walks page. 

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