Herbert Plantation Local Nature Reserve

Mixed woodland of oak, birch, alder and pine

herbert plantation butterfly

About the site

Herbert Plantation is named after Herbert Fox, who owned the estate until his death during World War II. It was originally part of the Adbury Park Estate.

It is a mixed woodland of oak, birch, alder and pine. It provides a public amenity for nature conservation, quiet recreation and education.

The distribution of the many plants in the wood relates to its history. There are plants associated with ancient woodlands, amongst them common solomon’s-seal and wood sorrel.

There are records of roe and muntjac deer, fox, rabbit and long-eared bat. Both adder and grass snake are here too. Woodcock, great spotted woodpecker and sparrowhawk are amongst the breeding birds.

Studies of the butterfly population have found 22 species. These include purple emperor, silver washed fritillary and white admiral. There is also a large number of day and night-flying moths.

Contact us

North Area Office, Basing House, Redbridge Lane, Old Basing, RG24 7HB

Phone 01252 870425

Email [email protected]