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Hawkes Wood Nature Reserve

A delightful old oak woodland near Wadebridge with two streams and a quarry. The oak coppice is characteristic of many Cornish woods. This is an exceptional area for woodland birds.

Location of Hawkes Wood nature reserve
Habitat type
: Woodland with streams and a quarry
Size of reserve: 3 hectares / 7 acres
OS map number: 106
Grid reference: SW 986 710 (main north western entrance)
Best time to visit: All year

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From the old A39 in the centre of Wadebridge, take the turning to Polmorla and Treneague. Access to the reserve is from a track just south of Treneague.

Very limited parking in the lanes near the site, but parking is available at Hay Wood (SW 985 714), only a short way from Hawkes Wood. Do not park directly in front of the gates as access is required at all times. Footpaths cross the reserve, but these can be muddy and there are some inclines.

Nuthatch, photo by JB and S BottomleyCharacteristic wildlife of this reserve

The nuthatch is a sturdy little bird with strong legs and sharp claws, which help it to run up and down trees when looking for nuts, seeds and insects. Its back is slate-coloured, with red-brown underparts, a white throat and a distinctive black eye-stripe. Its call is a loud and strident whistle. The nest, consisting of bark and old leaves, is found in tree holes or holes in walls.

Tawny owls are dark brown, streaked with black and fawn. They feed on small birds and mammals, frogs and large insects, hunting mainly in the dead of night on silent wings. These birds breed from January to July, nesting in tree holes, old squirrel dreys, or holes in buildings. The young leave the nest at about four weeks old, but stay with their parents for two to three months.

The pipistrelle is Britain's smallest bat. Its flight appears fast and jerky as it flitters about pursuing small insects, which are caught and eaten in flight. A bat uses echolocation to detect its prey. Such sounds are normally inaudible to humans, but some people can detect the lower frequency parts of the bat’s high pitched squeaks.

Other information
This reserve was gifted to the Trust by Miss Dorothy Sewart in 1971.