Welcome to the Sherrardspark Wood Wardens website
Sherrardspark Wood is an ancient woodland of 75 hectares bordering the north west edge of Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire and is one of 8 Local Nature Reserves owned and managed by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. The recorded history of the wood dates from The Domesday Book. Its importance as an outstanding example of sessile oak and hornbeam woodland in the south east of England was recognized when it was designated a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' (SSSI) in 1986.
The Sherrardspark Wood Wardens' Society was formed in 1966 to help protect the Wood from the pressures of an ever expanding Welwyn Garden City. The Society is largely self-funding and has a trained work force of around 60 volunteers. Today, the members actively manage the wood in conjunction with the Borough Council to re-establish its historic character, and also independently run programmes to monitor the varied wildlife.
The Wood, which is crossed by many footpaths and bridleways, is also an amenity much used by the public - walkers with or without dogs, joggers, cyclists, horse riders and people who simply want to spend time in a beautiful place.
The local community - schools, outside groups and the general public - is regularly updated with the latest information concerning the wood through articles in the local press and programmes of guided walks and talks.
A very special place on Garden City’s doorstep
Sherrardspark Wood holds a very special place in the hearts of residents of Welwyn Garden City. Wood wardens Dee Jackson and Ken Smith explain its role as a local nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific interest.
A smorgasbord of wonderful plants and animals to enjoy
When people speak about ‘wildlife’ they are often accused of talking just about birds and, as a Sherrardspark Wood Warden who is also a birder, that’s what I’m focussed on here. But let’s be clear: wildlife is all wildlife – flora and fauna – and Sherrardspark Wood has a smorgasbord of wonderful plants and animals awaiting your discovery.
Finding and observing butterflies in the woods
Which butterflies would you expect to see in Sherrardspark Woods in summer?
At this time of year there are quite a few different species visiting or making a home in the wood, including one or two surprises.