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In the spring the woodland floor is carpeted in bluebells and on warm days the valley is filled with their perfume.

Welcome to the Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve website. Here you can discover the history, read regular newsletters, find out about any upcoming events and volunteering opportunities, and view a variety of photographs of the woods and its wildlife.

Holyford Woods is a beautiful, tranquil place nestled in a picturesque valley near Colyford in East Devon. A goyle or sunken stream (Holyford Brook) runs through the heart of the woods, feeding the Stafford Brook which then runs into the Axe Estuary.

 

It is one of the oldest, natural woods in existence in the UK, and is in fact England's 1000th Local Nature Reserve. The woods and the immediate surrounding area have been utilised by people for over a thousand years. However much of the woods has had minimal human interference in latter centuries, in terms of any felling or planting, so it is the perfect place to study the natural evolution of a woodland space, and associated wildlife benefits.