Fordham Woods

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Fordham Woods is a beautiful wet valley woodland, a reminder of the former fen landscape with stands of alder trees, a habitat now rare in Cambridgeshire. It once formed part of the fen stretching past Fordham where villagers would have cut reed for thatching and wood for fuel. Alder is specially adapted to waterlogged ground, it dominates the wettest places and is our only native broadleaved tree to produce cones, support more than 90 insect species and many different fungi. The alders are interspersed with willows, poplars and ash, and this is one of the few southern sites where large bushes of dark leaved willow are found. In pools among the reeds and sedge you can see yellow iris and marsh marigold and other marsh loving flowers such as foamy white meadowsweet and bright pink ragged robin. The woods also provide valuable habitat for birds, such as woodpeckers and marsh tits, with kingfishers along the river. Best time to visit is the summer and as with all these sites please observe the Country Code, take your litter home with you, keep dogs on a lead, where dogs are allowed, and keep to marked paths to avoid disturbing wildlife.

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3 miles north from Newmarket, turn off A142 Fordham bypass into Fordham village. After half a mile take right turn into River Lane. After a quarter of a mile (just after crossing the river Snail), park on roadside. Then walk along track beside cottages on south side of River Lane to reserve entrance, bearing right at end of surfaced track..


Frequent bus service to Ely via Fordham (Stagecoach) then walk 500 m.


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Address: Fordham Woods, The Manor House, Broad Street, Great Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6DH, UK.
Phone: +44 1954 713500

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