Wayland Wood is one of the largest woods in South Norfolk, and has a recorded history going back to the Domesday book. It is believed to be the site of the ‘Babes in the Wood’ legend. Oak, ash, birch, hazel and hornbeam are all present, as well as flowers such as yellow archangel, wood anemone, early purple orchid and the rare yellow star of Bethlehem. A wide variety of birds breed in the wood, including woodcock, lesser-spotted woodpecker and nuthatch.
Since becoming an NWT nature reserve in 1975, management has concentrated on re-introducing coppicing and restoring rides.
NWT no dogs policy
Due to Brockley Bridge in Thursford Wood, becoming unstable, Norfolk County Council Highways department will be demolishing and removing the debris off site. The work is planned to begin w/b 25th February 2013. The reserve will remain open to visitors.