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.

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

Brown long-eared bats in the wood

Every autumn during our dormouse box survey we normally expect to come across nests of wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) or yellow-necked mice (Apodemus flavicollis). This year has been notable for their total absence. We were, however, pleasantly surprised to discover two separate multiple roosts of brown long-eared bats (Plecotus auratus) during the September 2018 survey.


Keeping in touch

A Christmas message to all Wood Wardens from our Chair Nikki Edwards has been posted in the Members' area of this website.

We are going to post sub-committee reports and the occasional newsletter in this area, so please ensure that you know your password. If you have forgotten it you can set a new one by clicking on the relevant text on the Members’ login page.

Acorns, anyone?

Sunday 23rd September 2018 should be remembered as a significant date in this millenium for Sherrardspark Wood SSSI. This was the date on which the first oak sapling was planted to initiate the Prime Oaks Project, the inspiration of Wood Warden Gary Dobrin. A number of wood wardens are involved with the project which aims to plant 300 new oaks by 2030.


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