Bubbenhall Village

Bubbenhall Wood

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust recently purchased Bubbenhall Wood and Bubbenhall Meadow (the meadow between Ryton Pools and Bubbenhall Wood) and following some access improvements, it is now open. You can enjoy the contrast of ancient woodland and new meadow. One of the aims of the trust is to give greater access to the countryside as the reserve is nestled in the heart of the trust's Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape project which will link up Wappenbury and Ryton woods with stretches of woods and hedgerows. A vital part of the project is reconnecting local communities with the landscape and its rich heritage.

Planning a visit:

The carpark off Paget's Lane is accessible for Warwickshire Wildlife Members, using the members combination code, however permissive access to the wood, meadow and pathways has been granted to the general public. Parking on Paget's Lane, or in passing places, is not permitted.

It is recommended that villagers access the wood on foot, either via Ryton Pools and the new path across the meadow, or from the track leading from the A445 (opposite the top of Pit Hill) to Glebe Farm. You are not encouraged to walk along Pagets Lane, as cars can drive dangerously fast along here.

Pathways

  1. From the Bubbenhall Wood, there is a mown path through the meadow up to a kissing gate near Shrub's lodge. From here is it possible to walk to Ryton Wood.
  2. Enjoy a circular walk around Bubbenhall Wood, accessible either from the kissing gate on Paget's Lane, or from Middle Ride (the existing public footpath).

Please note that dogs are required to be kept on a lead at all times, and kept well away from the pools in the meadow. For a map of the pathways, please see the map at the foot of this page.

Events

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust have a number of FREE events and activities taking place in 2017 at Bubbenhall Wood and Meadow Nature Reserve, thanks to funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund.  These events aim to open up the reserve for the benefit of all and provide opportunity to learn more about this fantastic site and its interesting heritage. 

From “Welcome to Wildlife” walks, to activities for little legs, to events the whole family can enjoy, there is something for everyone.  Please note that although these events are free, places are limited and booking is therefore essential.  You can book online or by phone, and your ticket will also act as your car parking ticket. To book or for further details please visit:  http://www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on

Travel to events by foot is encouraged where possible.

 

Outdoor Survival (7+)   

Wednesday 12th April 10am till 1pm

Join us at Bubbenhall Wood to have fun playing outside in the woods.  We will be building dens, making things and having a snack cooked on the campfire.  Bring old clothes and prepare to get muddy.  Suitable for children aged 7-11.

 

Mad about Bats

Thursday 20th April 7.30pm till 9pm

Join us at Bubbenhall Wood for a fantastic family night exploring the world of bats. Learn lots of exciting facts about bats and use a bat detector on a short walk around the wood to hear their ultrasonic calls and spot them flying around. This is a unique way to discover this wonderful new reserve and learn more about its elusive inhabitants. Families and accompanied children are welcome.

 

International Dawn Chorus Walk            

Sunday                 7th May 5am till 6.30am 

Join bird lovers all around the world by taking part in International Dawn Chorus Day at Bubbenhall Wood – the World’s Favourite Birdwatch!  All around the globe people will be rising early to greet the rising sun and enjoy nature’s symphony.  We will be conducting a bird survey as we walk, don't worry if you're not an expert; we'll have a couple of those with us! Celebrated on the first Sunday of May, the story goes that International Dawn Chorus Day began in the 1980s when broadcaster and environmentalist Chris Baines asked everyone to attend his birthday party at 4am so they could enjoy the dawn chorus with him. Since then International Dawn Chorus Day has grown from a small event in Birmingham to an annual international celebration with Dawn Chorus events held as far afield as the Caribbean and Antarctica.  To date, over eighty countries have participated.  To top it all off, the Bubbenhall Bluebells should be in full bloom.

 

Call of the Wild: Wilderness Skills Day

Thursday 1st June 10am till 3pm

This workshop is designed with young people in mind as an antidote to long days and nights sat playing computer games. This day of activities aims to inject some real adrenaline and excitement through a series of games and exercises which hone our natural aptitudes for stealth, survival and adventure in the wilderness. Run by professional instructors this day is a must for any teenager eager to roam through stream, mud and woodland.

 

Summer Tree Explorer for all ages

Sunday 2nd July  11am till 12.30pm            

Explore Bubbenhall Wood and learn about the trees you find with one of our experts.  All ages welcome.

 

Teddy Bears Picnic (4+)

Thursday 3rd August 2pm till 3.30pm       

If you go into the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise… This session begins with the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Make some wild woodland porridge for our teddy bears and make a special home for them to go to sleep.  You can bring your own teddy bears along but if you would rather leave yours safely at home, we have lots that always need some TLC.  Families and accompanied children (4+) are welcome.​

Optional:  Bring an afternoon snack to enjoy with our teddies!

 

Wild Art (4+)

Saturday 12th August 10.30am till 12pm 

Join us on a tour of Bubbenhall Wood. We will go on a short walk with binoculars and a seasonal spotting sheet to see what things we can find together.  Think about all the materials you need to make a brilliant masterpiece, but in the wild there are none, or are there?  Can you complete the challenge to create a gigantic picture made only with natural materials?  Can you paint with mud?  Finally, make a seasonal collage craft to take home as well. Families and accompanied children (4+) are welcome.

 

Bugs and Butterflies (4+)            

Thursday 17th August 2pm till 3.30pm     

Come and join us for a family hunt around Bubbenhall Wood, have a go with our exploration equipment as we go in search of mini-beasts and butterflies, learn how to collect mini-beasts without hurting them and watch them all run around together.  Families and accompanied children (4+) are welcome.​

 

Mad about Bats               

Wednesday 23rd August 7.30pm till 9pm              

Join us at Bubbenhall Wood for a fantastic family night exploring the world of bats. Learn lots of exciting facts about bats and use a bat detector on a short walk around the wood to hear their ultrasonic calls and spot them flying around. This is a unique way to discover this wonderful new reserve and learn more about its elusive inhabitants. Families and accompanied children are welcome.

 

Family Fungi Foray

Monday 23rd October, 1pm till 3pm                                                                                         

Join experts John and Val Roberts for this fungi foray around Bubbenhall Wood looking for the great recyclers of this world.  Families and accompanied children (5+) are welcome.

 

Outdoor Survival (7+)   

Wednesday 25th October 10 till 1pm       

Join us at Bubbenhall Wood to have fun playing outside in the woods.  We will be building dens, making things and having a snack cooked on the campfire.  Bring old clothes and prepare to get muddy.  Suitable for children aged 7-11.

 

Homes for Wildlife (6+)              

Friday 27th October 11am till 1pm                                             

Drop in at Bubbenhall Wood and make homes for wildlife, in preparation for winter.  Build a bird box to take home, for free.  Fun for the whole family and great for our feathered friends too! 

 

Oral history

Due to the interesting history of the site, the trust will be carrying out an oral history project to capture people's memories of the area to ensure that future generations can learn more about this important and interesting reserve.

Do you have memories of the reserve or have photos you would like to share? If so, they would love to hear from you.

Are you interested in getting involved by becoming an oral history volunteer? No prior experience is required as all training and support will be provided.

 

To get involved, please contact Faye Irvine, Wildlife Engagement Officer.
t: 024 7630 2912
e: faye.irvine@wkwt.org.uk

Map

Permissive paths marked in green (click on map for bigger picture)






This site is supported by Bubbenhall Parish Council.

Developed and maintained by Jan Lucas

Last updated on 20th of November 2017