Nightingale Wood is an 11 acre wood on the north
eastern edge of Old Park Wood.
The site is largely dominated by young birch scrub with a differing age
structure across the wood. Scattered sweet chestnut coppice stools and
occasional standard oaks occur in most of the wood together some willow and
hornbeam. Four rides dissect the wood. The soil is very sandy and heather is
present in a number of places. Parts of the wood are very damp and it
appears to support an excellent woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) population.
Nightingale wood appears as woodland on the 1st edition Landmark OS maps
(1871-1890); however it is not marked as ancient woodland on the Provisional
Ancient Woodland Inventory Natural England 2002.
Although it has been wooded for at least one hundred years, the remnant
heather population suggests that the area may have once been an open area of
wooded heath or open heath land.
The wood is now being managed by the owner to support traditional woodland
crafts, wood fuel, and biodiversity.