Southrey Wood, Lincolnshire

Southrey Wood

Species to look out for

This coppiced woodland is owned by the Forestry Commission and is part of the extensive and historically important Bardney Limewoods. The Branch manages a section of Southrey Wood. Parts of these woods have regenerated naturally with typical ancient woodland flora, despite being modified by clearfelling and plantations in the mid 20th century


Most of Southrey Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The Southrey Wood coppice project is managed by the Branch under a long term management agreement with the advice and assistance of the Forestry Commission.

The reserve is a well managed coppice of Small-leaved Lime, Hazel, Ash and Oak.

The ground flora includes Lily-of-the-valley, Early Purple Orchid, Devil’s-bit Scabious and Yellow Archangel. The wood has an interesting fauna that includes grass-snake, Nightingale and Woodcock.

Area: 9 hectares (22 acres)


Southrey Wood lies between Bardney and Southrey, on the B1190, there are entrances to it at TF 134 685 and TF 133 680. The reserve occupies the north-west corner of the wood, and its entrance is at TF 129 682.

Grid Reference: TF 127 682 Ordnance Survey map: 121

Public Transport

Buses between Lincoln and Horncastle can travel via Bardney.


Peter Cawdell

  • 26 Chesney Road, Lincoln. LN2 4RX
  • Tel: 07867 954 770

The Year So Far

16th April 



SW F&FThis was our 1st work afternoon session of 2014 in the Reserve. Three adults and one teenager participated in the event. We were working in the 'New Ride' clearing and widening a section of rough vegetation and overhanging coppice. It was a beautiful sunny, warm day with little wind and butterflies making cameo appearance were: Orange Tip (male), Brimstone (5 including female), Green Veined White (3), Large White, Comma, Speckled Wood (3), Peacock (5) and Small Tortoiseshell. The Orange Tip and Speckled
Wood were the first sightings of the year for these 
species in this site.