Oxleys Wood

This small woodland lies south of Deerswood Avenue and is important for its woodland plants.

The pond at Oxleys Wood in May

Tree species such as oak, ash, elm, willow and poplar provide good habitat for insects, which in turn support a number of common bird species.  There is a pond in the northern, wetter part of the wood.


The woodland often floods in wet weather but a circular path that leads around the wood from Deerswood Avenue in south Hatfield is accessible most of the year.


Recent management has included pond restoration, willow coppicing, glade creation and small scale thinning of young trees to make space for those left behind. Tree surgery work has been carried out to make some of the mature ash trees safe and a number of the over-mature poplars have been felled.

Hawthorn hedgerows provide abundant winter food for birds
The glade at the south end of Oxleys Wood
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