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.
Birds in abundance in our woodland
Visitors to Sherrardspark Wood are being treated to exceptionally rich and varied birdsong this spring. Many wood wardens reported hearing a cuckoo on separate occasions on 4 and 5 May. We have not heard one in the woods for years so maybe it was just a case of being in the right place at the right time.
Sink holes in Sherrardspark Wood
Nikki Edwards, geologist and Wood Warden, explains what sink holes (also known as swallow holes) are and why we have so many of them on our doorstep. Should we be worried about sinking without a trace?
Out in the woods: February 2016
As we enter the year 2016 it’s time for an update of what to expect over the coming months. Before I talk about the current year I must report that in September 2015 we had a most successful walk with the local 9th Welwyn Garden City Brownies. Twenty one children joined us for this event, led by Gary Dobrin, who was supported by four additional wood wardens.