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A mixture of woodland types with heathy glades and streams

great spotted woodpecker by Alan Price, Gatehouse Studio

At Selwyns Wood a heathy habitat is returning in patches where the tree cover has been reduced. The pale mauve flowers of heather cover one side of the valley in late summer, and the plant is sprouting up wherever enough light can seep in between the leafy canopy in rides and glades.

What you can see

Woodpeckers and other woodland birds; cuckoo, heather, rowan, bluebell and wood ant.


Selwyns Wood is one mile south of Cross-in-Hand. The single access point to this 11 hectare reserve is marked by a Trust sign at the entrance to a track off Fir Grove Road, next to a house called White Lodge. There is a small car park from which several good paths make circular routes around the reserve. Some tracks are rather muddy but they are mainly flat, except for the steep-sided gill.

great spotted woodpecker by Alan Price, Gatehouse Studio


larger location map
nature reserve map (pdf)
town: Heathfield
postcode: TN21 0QN
grid ref: TQ551205
lat long: N 50.963487
E 0.208011


11 hectares

Further information

Nature Reserve guide entry (.pdf)

Species Recording Form

National cycle network near this nature reserve

Nearby SWT reserves

Malling Down

Old Lodge


Sussex Wildlife Trust on

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