Northaw Great Wood

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    Northaw Great Wood
    Site of Special Scientific Interest
    Cuffley Brook and wall, Northaw Great Wood - geograph.org.uk - 448415.jpg
    Cuffley Brook with the moss covered remains of a parish boundary wall in the background
    LocationHertfordshire
    Grid referenceTL280043
    InterestBiological
    Area223.6 hectares
    Notification1985
    Location mapMagic Map

    Northaw Great Wood is a 223.6-hectare (553-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) near Cuffley in Hertfordshire, England. It covers Northaw Great Wood Country Park, which is managed by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Well Wood, Justice Hill and Grimes Bottom. Part of the site is managed by Hertfordshire County Council as a schools' park.[1][2] The country park is also a local nature reserve.[3][4]

    The wood was part of a large area of common land in the parish of Northaw which was used for grazing livestock and source of wood fuel. Closure of the canopy has led to the disappearance of open woodland birds such as nightingales and tree pipits, but the management plan for the wood aims to restore biodiversity.[5] The site has one of the county's most extensive areas of ancient hornbeam woodland, with other trees including oak and silver birch. Glades, streams and springs add to the biodiversity.[1]

    There is access from the Ridgeway in Cuffley and facilities include a car park and toilets.[5]

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    References

    1. ^ a b "Northaw Great Wood citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
    2. ^ "Map of Northaw Great Wood". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
    3. ^ "Northaw Great Wood Country Park". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
    4. ^ "Map of Northaw Great Wood Country Park". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
    5. ^ a b "Northaw Great Wood". Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. Retrieved 23 December 2014.

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    Coordinates: 51°43′22″N 0°08′54″W / 51.7228°N 0.1483°W / 51.7228; -0.1483