This small reserve acts as a gateway to the wild landscape of Dartmoor
Bluebells and dormice are the stars of our oldest nature reserve
Devon Wildlife Trust
A wonderful woodland lying on a gentle north facing slope above the Glaze Brook. The nature reserve holds a wonderful bluebell display each spring and is a stronghold for the hazel dormouse.
This was Devon Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve and remains one of its loveliest.
Gifted to the Trust in 1961 by the eminent naturalist HG Hurrell Lady's Wood is a small mixed woodland bordered by the Glaze Brook on one side and open pastures on the other. It is approached under a grand viaduct which carries Brunel's Great Western Railway high above.
Hazel dormouse. Photo: Danny Green
Lady's Wood is best-known for two things. First is its display of bluebells which light up the path which circuits the nature reserve each spring. Settle on one of the reserve's
Second is its dormice. Today specially trained and licensed volunteers volunteers continue to monitor the good local population in the UK's longest running study of these wonderful little rodents.
Make your visit into a bigger adventure
Lady's Wood is only small and at 4 hectres will only take you 40 mins to walk around. However it does sit close to the open landscape of Dartmoor and makes a great place to begin a longer stroll. You can begin to explore this wonderful part of South Devon starting at the nature reserve by using our 4.5 mile long Lady's Wood Wild Walk.
What a gift
Lady's Wood was one person's (HG Hurrell) gift to Devon Wildlife Trust. Nearly 60 years on and this act of generosity continues to make a difference for people and wildlife. To find out more about leaving your lasting legacy click here