Corporate report

Northamptonshire's National Nature Reserves

Published 1 October 2014

Applies to England

Buckingham Thick Copse

This National Nature Reserve is currently closed to the public.

Main habitats: woodland

Area: 45 hectares

This closure will be for one or more of these reasons:

  • the site is unsafe
  • our tenure of the land does not allow public access
  • the site is so fragile that any form of access would damage the wildlife interest

For further information contact Natural England:

Telephone: 0300 060 3900

Collyweston Great Wood and Easton Hornstocks

This unique ancient lime woodland, rich in wildlife, is part of the historic Rockingham Forest.

By agreement with the owners, access is by permit only and dogs are not permitted, except registered guide dogs. You can obtain permits from the senior reserve manager.

Main habitats: woodland

Features of interest

More unusual woodland plants found here are toothwort, wood spurge, lily-of-the-valley, heath speedwell, wild service tree, mountain melick and great wood-rush. Resident birds include lesser and great spotted woodpeckers, and treecreeper; kites and buzzard are seen regularly. Keep an eye out for slow-worms basking on the ride edges.

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The reserve is approximately 14 kilometres west of Peterborough, just south of the A47. The nearest villages are Collyweston, 1 kilometre to the north west, and Duddington, 1 kilometre to the west.

The reserve is situated on the A47 so is not readily accessible by cycle or on foot. From a southerly direction you can reach the reserve through the village of King’s Cliffe (2 miles), although this road is used by heavy goods vehicles.

The nearest train station is Stamford (4 miles).

School and community groups

The reserve offers guided walks to community groups. There are also opportunities for undergraduate studies looking at woodland habitats. For bookings and further information, contact the senior reserve manager.


The reserve is always looking for people to help with the work, for example with woodland management, plant recording, or help with events.

On Mondays and Wednesdays volunteers help with habitat restoration or maintenance work such as fencing, scrub clearance, or coppicing, that takes place at Collyweston and other local reserves.


Telephone: 0300 060 3900