Pigneys Wood

Pigneys Wood was purchased in 1993 by the North Norfolk Community Woodland Trust (NNCWT, a community based conservation charity) and it has been managed by them for the past 24 years.

NNCWT successfully reverted the site from arable land to mixed woodland by planting over 20,000 trees of 40 different species during this time as well as restoring important wetland areas and improving the access and interpretation of the site for local people by providing guided trails.

The site has a number of special wildlife features including an impressive 450-year-old ancient oak tree ‘the Old Oak’ which is next to a small woodland area which boasts a carpet of bluebells in spring.
Pigneys Wood provides an important wildlife refuge for many birds such as the goldcrest, nuthatch, Cetti’s warbler; insects such as red admiral, peacock and holly blue butterflies; dragonflies such as the emperor, migrant hawker, blacktailed skimmer and Norfolk hawker, and mammals such as otter, water vole and badger. Occasionally rarer visitors have been recorded such as a Camberwell beauty butterfly in November 2011 and a bittern in March 2013.
In September 2017, Pigneys Wood was entrusted to Norfolk Wildlife Trust to continue the conservation management of this wildlife-rich nature reserve. NWT aims to build on NNCWT’s work by further enhancing the range of habitats present as well as improving the visitor experience to encourage more people to enjoy the wildlife on this special site.


The reserve is situated 3.2km (2 miles) northeast of North Walsham and is signposted from the  town  by  brown tourist signs. The reserve borders a section of the Paston Way long distance footpath. A car park is available on Hall Lane.

From the car park it is possible to access some of the hard surface tracks (compact hoggin) that provides a circular route around the woodland area, Other paths on the site are grassy and can be prone to being wet and muddy.

NWT does not permit wild swimming on its nature reserves. For more information and advice on wild swimming in the Norfolk Broads visit Outdoor swimming (broads-authority.gov.uk).
Birds - Reed bunting, cuckoo, song thrush, marsh tit, bullfinch, yellowhammer
Plants - Bluebell, cross-leaved heath, hawthorn
Insects - Norfolk hawker
Reptiles and amphibians - Common lizar

Birds - Woodcock, marsh tit, reed bunting, cuckoo bullfinch, song thrush, yellowhammer
Plants - Rough hawkbit, reed, blackthorn
Insects - Norfolk hawker
Reptiles and amphibians - Common lizard

Birds - Snipe, reed bunting
Plants - Common heather, reed
Mammals - Roe deer

Birds - Woodcock, barn owl, starling
Mammals - Otter, water vole


Hall Lane
Post code
NR28 0SH
Map reference
OS Landranger 133
Grid reference
TG 296 321
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