Forge Valley Woods National Nature Reserve



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Located on the slopes of the River Derwent valley, the woods of the Forge Valley Woods NNR represent one of the best examples of mixed deciduous woodland in the northeast of England. Alder, willow, ash, elm, sycamore, oak and holly are just a few of the species of trees in the woods, but they also support a rich population of breeding birds such as nuthatch, garden and wood warbler, redstart and blackcap. The river is home to the insects that support trout and crayfish, while otters, in their turn, hunt for the fish. The woodland trees also provide a home for many insects and fungi, and Duncombe Park is an important site for wood-feeding insects. Rot holes in the trees provide nest and roost sites for both birds and bats. These include all three species of British woodpecker, nuthatch, and the elusive but beautiful hatchet-billed hawfinch.

Forge Valley Woods National Nature Reserve
Phone : 01723 374079


About The area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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