Dolforwyn Woods

Autumn oak trees in Dolforwyn Woods Nature Reserve

Autumn at Dolforwyn Woods Nature Reserve © MWT/Tammy Stretton

Bluebells in a sunny Dolforwyn Woods Nature Reserve

Bluebells bring characteristic colour to Dolforwyn Woods Nature Reserve in spring © MWT

Young dormouse climbing a tree in Dolforwyn Woods Nature Reserve

Dormouse in Dolforwyn Woods Nature Reserve © Mairi Eyres

Spring in the western oakwood at Dolforwyn Woods Nature Reserve copyright Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

Dolforwyn Woods western oakwood in the spring © MWT/Rob Haigh

Dolforwyn Woods Nature Reserve is now open to the public, but please note that one of the paths is currently closed, following a landslide. Please bear with us whilst we make this area safe once again.

230 plants
366 butterflies & moths
44 birds
16 mammals
A mixed woodland bursting with wildlife


behind Dolforwyn Hall Hotel
SY15 6JG

OS Map Reference

A static map of Dolforwyn Woods

Know before you go

28 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Small car park at the lower reserve entrance

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Site criss-crossed by paths, some narrow, steep & uneven, others more gently sloping forestry tracks.


Contact the Trust for disabled access information


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to June, September to October

About the reserve

There has been woodland on this hillside for centuries. Unfortunately much of the native wood was cut down to make way for plantation. Lucky for Dolforwyn, this plantation took the form of a great variety of tree species so that, with the remaining pockets of unplanted ancient woodland, there is still much of interest to wildlife here. Dolforwyn Woods today is an interesting mixed woodland supporting a range of woodland plants, including good numbers of the uncommon Herb Paris. Declining woodland birds, such as Pied Flycatcher and Wood Warbler, breed here and a good population of dormice call the place home.

The wood is filled with flowers and birdsong in the Spring, whilst the autumn lures you with bountiful fungi and spectacular colours!

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Contact us

Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01938 555654
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