Birch Wood Nature Reserve

About Birch Wood Nature Reserve

Birch Wood is one of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s most beautiful and secluded of reserves. Tread quietly to see the deer before they see you; both roe and fallow are common here. As well as the deer, there is clear evidence of foxes, badgers, hedgehogs and grey squirrels throughout the wood, and there is also a healthy variety of small mammals. Listen to the chorus of woodland birds. Seek out the gnarled veteran oaks and giant holly trees that give this woodland a distinctive character. Birch Wood is an enchanting hideaway where it’s worth savouring every step.

Birch Wood Nature Reserve - Credit Phillip Whelpdale

In spring the reserve is at its charming best: redstarts, pied flycatchers, blackcaps and chiffchaffs join the dawn chorus, and bluebells decorate the woodland floor. In summer, keep an eye out for common spotted orchids.

Please note the paths in the reserve are steep, uneven and unsurfaced.

Visit Birch Wood nature reserve


For full details and facilities please visit Birch Wood nature reserve's website


Car parking

Parking is available in a large layby just past the nature reserve entrance (if heading north, it is on the right of the road). Care should be taken when walking from the lay-by to the nature reserve as there is no footpath.

Getting here

Contact us

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel 01904 659570
Email Yorkshire Wildlife Trust


7 miles north of Helmsley on the B1257, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5NA
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Grid Reference SE 569 919

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