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Visit one of our stunning nature reserves or exceptional woodland. See what incredible wildlife can be found right on our doorstep and explore the habitat of our UK wildlife as part of your journey to Bradford. Discover the tranquility of the great outdoors, explore Bradford's stunning woodland and nature reserves and reconnect with nature.

Hirst Wood Nature Reserve

The Hirst Wood Regeneration Group, along with hundreds of volunteers, have transformed what was once an overgrown boggy field, into a beautiful mini nature reserve

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits Local Nature Reserve

Alongside the beautiful river Wharfe near Ilkley the Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits Nature Reserve has a variety of habitats and is a great place to observe birds, plants, butterflies and dragonflies and if you’re really lucky you may even spot an otter!

Low Wood nature reserve (Yorkshire Widlife Trust)

Low Wood is an attractive, secluded woodland which is notable for its beautiful spring displays of bluebell and foxglove, coupled with occasional sightings of badger and roe deer.

Railway Terrace Raw Nook Heathland

This thirteen acre site, owned by Bradford Council, was previously occupied by British Railways for engine sheds and railway sidings. It is now one of the top sites for wildlife in the District.

Ogden Water Country Park

Scenic nature reserve known for its stunning lakeside views, verdant landscape & ambling trails.

Rodley Nature Reserve WebsiteDirections Save

Created on a floodplain in Kirkstall Valley, a recognised ‘flyway’ for wildfowl and waders on migration, the wetland habitats constructed here complement the nearby River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Judy Woods

Judy Woods is situated in south Bradford and is the third largest woodland in the Bradford district at a size of forty hectares.

Buck wood

Buck Wood covers about 42 hectares of land.  The lowest part of the Wood adjoins the canal and river valley, and is around 60m above sea-level. Between the canal and the river, just attached to the south-eastern corner of Buck Wood, is the barely-visible site of Buck Mil which has had a major role in the history of the Wood and of Thackley itself.

Esholt Woods

Esholt Woods are really about 4 woods under one name, Sping wood, Belmont wood, Jerrison wood and Sodhall Hill wood.

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