Nature at Sherwood
Sherwood Forest covers more than 420 hectares in total, including a large swathe of ancient woodland. It’s a unique habitat that is home to several hundred species of wildlife and offers up spectacular seasonal shows for us all to enjoy. Here’s what to look out for.
Welcome to Europe’s largest and finest collection of ancient oaks. The ancients have been thriving here for more than 500 years, and the Major Oak for an entire millennium.
From native species to our summer time visitors, Sherwood is a special home to birdlife.
Wildlife at Sherwood
Sherwood is alive with creatures, from the mini-beasts that wriggle below the undergrowth, to the, butterflies and birds living high up in the canopies above your head.
Over 300 species live here – a multitude of different shapes, colours and sizes, making up a fascinating world of their own.
Flora and Fruits
From bluebells to bilberries, every season offers up a different delight to enjoy.
Perhaps if you’re lucky you might spot some of the other roaming residents of Sherwood.
Throughout the year, the forest is an ever-changing, living and breathing landscape.
RSPB Budby South Forest
RSPB Budby South Forest is one of the region's most important areas of heathland and home to many vulnerable and specialist bird and invertebrate species.
The RSPB is giving a home to nature at Sherwood – here’s what we’re doing to replenish and sustain life here.