Woldhurstlea Wood, a Local Wildlife Site, is situated in Gossops Green. A sunken track runs through the woods to Broadfield Brook, and there are also several rough tracks. All the paths can become very muddy.
This small block of mixed woodland contains many native trees and shrubs such as oak, ash, hornbeam, hazel, hawthorn and the less common small-leaved lime. In spring there are large drifts of bluebell and wood anemone as well as other ancient woodland indicator species such as wood melick, moschatel, yellow archangel, early dog-violet and wood sedge. Dense tangles of blackthorn, bramble and honeysuckle around fallen trees make parts of the site inaccessible to people and therefore valuable refuges for wildlife. The fallen and standing deadwood within the site provides valuable habitat for a range of wildlife including woodpeckers, treecreepers, beetles and fungi.
Old wood banks, a ditch and a sunken track with large lime and wych elm trees on the banks, are features of woodland archaeology which provide an interesting glimpse into the history of the area.
Combine your visit with the Old Crawley Walk
Help with the maintenance of this site, become a volunteer with Gatwick GreenSpace Partnership .
The woodland can be accessed from Buckswood Drive, Gossops Green.
Ordnance Survey grid reference: TQ 252358
Nearest bus stop: Mowbray Drive, route 1,6 and 200
Neighbourhood: Gossops Green
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