NWT Pigneys Wood, photo by David North

NWT's newest nature reserve: Pigneys Wood


Thursday 26 October, 2017




Norfolk Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that it has been entrusted with the ownership of Pigneys Wood, a local nature reserve in North East Norfolk that has been managed by North Norfolk Community Woodland Trust since 1993.

Chief Executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Brendan Joyce said, "NWT has a fantastic opportunity to manage and care for this wildlife-rich site that has real value to local people. We look forward to working with the community and our supporters to further enhance this special site for the benefit of everyone.”

The North Norfolk Community Woodland Trust (NNCWT) has been responsible for Pigney’s Wood for nearly a quarter of a century and has worked hard to successfully revert the site from arable land to woodland.

During NNCWT’s ownership, more than 20,000 trees of 40 different species were planted on the site to create an area of new woodland to complement the existing and well-established mature woodland areas on the site, creating a mosaic of diverse habitats for wildlife.

The reserve is located to the north-east of North Walsham, situated in the parish of Knapton. The site is 23.5 hectares in total, and includes 1.7 hectares of mature mixed woodland, 7.8 hectares of new woodland, 8.5 hectares of open ground and 5.5 hectares of low lying wet grassland. The site also boasts extensive reedbeds including a scrape which attracts migratory wading birds.

With its mosaic of habitats, it attracts many wildlife species; from roe deer to lapwing. In the 24 years of NNCWT’s management, over 25 butterfly species and 30 bird species have been recorded on the site including a rare record of a Camberwell beauty butterfly and a bittern. One of the site’s most impressive features is an ancient oak tree, the ‘Old Oak’ estimated to be 450 years old.

Two public footpaths run through the site, as well as the Paston Way, a long-distance footpath, which runs alongside a disused railway to the west of the site. There are three marked trails and picnic facilities providing people with the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful location with panoramic views of the Norfolk countryside.

Visiting: If arriving by car, leave the bypass going in the direction of the town centre at the Cromer Road A149 junction. Turn left at the next traffic lights then take first right, keep to the right and cross over to the car park.
Postcode: NR28 0SH
Grid Reference: TG 295 321
 

Share this

Top news stories

2018-04-25 Nigel and Joshua’s Lad join th Nigel and Joshua’s Lad join the grazing ponies on local wildlife site
Wednesday 25 April, 2018
Two Dartmoor Ponies are settling in to their new home at Litcham Common in West Norfolk, where they will graze the he...
2018-04-18 Ben to go Broads to Brecks to Ben to go Broads to Brecks to celebrate Norfolk Day
Wednesday 18 April, 2018
Ambassador of Norfolk Wildlife Trust and of Norfolk Day, Dr Ben Garrod, will journey across Norfolk on Friday 27 July...
2018-04-17 New research reveals nature’s New research reveals nature’s beauty increases happiness
Tuesday 17 April, 2018
30 Days Wild pioneers action to connect people with nature The Wildlife Trusts’ annual nature challenge 3...
2018-03-29 Hi-tec installation for intern Hi-tec installation for internationally-important fen
Thursday 29 March, 2018
A data logging piezometer system has been installed this week at a Norfolk fen to gather detailed data about the site...
2018-03-28  Norfolk's iconic swallowtail Norfolk's iconic swallowtail butterfly at risk from climate change
Wednesday 28 March, 2018
Norfolk's butterflies, bees, bugs, birds, trees and mammals are at major risk from climate change as temperatures...
2018-03-22 People’s choice Alice Lee will People’s choice Alice Lee will exhibit her unique ‘Flock’ at NWT Cley Marshes
Thursday 22 March, 2018
Norfolk Wildlife Trust is excited to host talented Norwich-based artist, Alice Lee for an exhibition, colouring book ...
2018-03-14 NWT announces new Chief Execut NWT announces new Chief Executive
Wednesday 14 March, 2018
The trustees of Norfolk Wildlife Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of Pamela Abbott as the new Chief Ex...
2018-03-06 Grant will give children a sur Grant will give children a sure start with nature
Tuesday 06 March, 2018
Norfolk Wildlife Trust has received a grant of £7,770 from the National Lottery’s Awards for All scheme f...
2018-03-05  Mass marine death along North Mass marine death along North Sea coast
Monday 05 March, 2018
Tens of thousands of marine animals have been washed up along the UK’s east coast following the cold temperatur...
2018-02-27 Bag funds for wildlife Bag funds for wildlife
Tuesday 27 February, 2018
Norfolk Wildlife Trust is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Tesco teamed up with G...
2018-02-26 Badger cull consultation Badger cull consultation
Monday 26 February, 2018
Defra has launched a three-month consultation on proposals to allow limited culling of badgers in low-risk areas, inc...
2018-02-05 Cley Calling Presents: Bird Ph Cley Calling Presents: Bird Photographer of the Year 2017 Exhibition
Monday 05 February, 2018
We are thrilled to debut the very best imagery from last year’s globally prestigious Bird Photographer of the Y...