Adcombe Wood, managed by the Woodland Trust, is a species-rich, ancient woodland with vast small-leaved lime trees, veteran oaks, rare wild service trees, and an understory of once coppiced hazel.
There are plenty of wildflowers, orchids and butterflies too. Particularly impressive are the displays of ancient woodland plants including bluebell, wood anemone and lesser celandine. Limestone grassland clearings provide stunning views across the Blackdown Hills and the Vale of Taunton.
Small-leaved lime trees are very strongly associated with ancient woodland sites due to the fact they rarely set seed in modern climatic conditions.
There is an extensive network of often steep paths and rides throughout the Wood.
Type of habitat:
Ancient broadleaved woodland.
Look out for:
Plants typically found in ancient woodland, bluebells, wild garlic, early purple orchids, sanicle, wood spurge, moschatel, yellow archangel, and wood melic.
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Woodland Trust nature reserve
Best time to visit:
April and May
Grid reference: ST222177
Nearest postcode: TA3 7SJ
Adcombe Wood can be accessed from the small road on Adcombe Hill north of Feltham but be aware parking nearby is difficult. Many of the paths and rides are very steep and may be wet and uneven underfoot.