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Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve

Home to the Trust's flagship education centre

Nestled in amongst over 80 acres of private ancient woodland, Nower Wood is located on the outskirts of Leatherhead, close to Junction 9 of the M25. With three spacious, heated classrooms we are able to accommodate groups of up to 90 people at any time of year. Each room has outdoor access via large glass doors, which seamlessly connect the spaces with the picturesque woodland surroundings. The whole centre is fully accessible and boasts a raised pond and minibeast habitat for wheelchair users. An off-road tramper buggy and purpose-built sensory trail ensure that everyone can access the woodland and benefit from interacting with nature.

Find out more about our education opportunities for children and adults at the Trust

The predominant habitat at Nower Wood is ancient oak woodland which may date back as far as the Domesday Book.  In addition to the oak woodland and a few scattered Scots pine, the reserve has been managed to create and/or maintain hazel coppice, a small area of chalk grassland, a small heathland glade, butterfly ride and ponds.  Past management for game and timber, combined with the more recent conservation management, has resulted in a mosaic of habitats making it ideal as one of the Trust’s three educational reserves.

Important trees are oak and sweet chestnut interspersed with birch and coppiced hazel is present.  The ponds are all artificial and now used for pond dipping.

A number of bird species can be seen, including sparrowhawk, woodcock, woodpecker (two species) and wood warbler.  There is also an assortment of tits as well as treecreepers and nuthatches.  Adders are occasionally seen, whilst roe deer, badgers and foxes have all been recorded.

Nower Wood is a Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI), which lies on a geological outcrop with strata of different rocks and soils.  The outcrop, though mainly clay, is capped with sand and gravel; chalk is exposed in sinkholes on the north side and lies just below the surface of the car park.

Management is aimed at maximising the reserve's educational value for children and adults whilst keeping disturbance to the wildlife at a minimum.

No public access

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Fraser Down
2 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Dawcombe
2 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Betchworth Quarry & Lime Kilns
2 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Mill Way
Leatherhead
Surrey
KT22 8QA
Map reference
TQ 193 546
Great for...
ancient trees
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Size
33.35 hectares
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Centres Based Education Manager - Louise Shorthose | Reserve Manager - Roger Granby
Tel: 01372 379509
nowerwood@surreywt.org.uk