Corporate report

Nottinghamshire's National Nature Reserve


Sherwood Forest

Once part of the 10,000 acre Royal Forest of Sherwood, the woodland is dominated by native oaks and other native trees such as silver birch, rowan, holly and hawthorn.

The reserve contains more than a thousand ancient oaks most of which are known to be more than 500 years old. The most famous of these, the Major Oak, may be nearly twice that age.

The reserve comprises the ancient forests of Birklands and Budby South. The name Birklands comes from the Viking phrase ‘birch land’ and the forest is thought to be over 1000 years old. Budby South Forest is an open uncultivated heathland reminiscent of the landscapes which were formerly much more extensive across Sherwood.

Main habitats: wood pasture, lowland heath

Area: 423.6 hectares

Management: Nottinghamshire County Council and Forest Enterprise, in partnership with Defence Training Estate and the Thoresby Estate

Features of interest

Further information about the NNR, its wildlife and special features is in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve leaflet describing this reserve.


Sherwood Forest NNR is 25 kilometres north of Nottingham and 4 kilometres west of New Ollerton. Road access is from the B6034 (via the A616 or A6075). The site has a visitor centre with car parking.

By cycle

The reserve is near National Cycle Network Route 6 and near a major trail, the Robin Hood Way.

By train

The nearest train station is in Mansfield Woodhouse, 8 kilometres to the south west.

By bus

For details of bus services to the reserve go to the Nottingham County Council journey planner.


At Budby South Forest, dogs must be kept on a lead between 1 March and 31 July, to protect sensitive ground-nesting birds. Elsewhere, please keep dogs under close control at all times.


Telephone: 01623 823202

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve
NG21 9HN