Monks Wood

Monks Wood is a 157 hectare National Nature Reserve north-west of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire,[2] and a Nature Conservation Review site, Grade I.[3] A slightly larger area of 169.3 hectares is the Monks Wood and The Odd Quarter biological Site of Special Scientific Interest.[1][4]

The site is described by Natural England as one of Britain's most important lowland woods. It is mainly of the wet ash-maple type, with a rich shrub layer which was formerly coppiced. Trees include the rare wild service tree, particularly in The Odd Quarter. There is ground flora typical of ancient woodland, together with woodland rides, ponds, streams and herb-rich grassland.[5][2] The marsh tits in the wood have been the subject of several studies.[6][7]

There is access to Monks Wood from the road which runs along its southern boundary. The Odd Quarter is private property with no public access.

Monks Wood was the site of an experimental biological research station of The Nature Conservancy from 1961 to 2009.[8]

Monks Wood and The Odd Quarter
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Monks Wood National Nature Reserve - - 436538
Area of SearchCambridgeshire
Grid referenceTL 196 801 [1]
Area169.3 hectares[1]
Location mapMagic Map

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Monks Wood and The Odd Quarter". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Cambridgeshire's National Nature Reserves". Natural England. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  3. ^ Ratcliffe, Derek, ed. (1977). A Nature Conservation Review. 2. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 56–57. ISBN 0521 21403 3.
  4. ^ "Map of Monks Wood and The Odd Quarter". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Monks Wood and The Odd Quarter citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  6. ^ Broughton, R. K., Hinsley, S. A., Bellamy, P. E., Hill, R. A. & Rothery, P (2006). Marsh Tit Poecile palustris territories in a British broad-leaved wood. Ibis, 148. 744-752. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.2006.00583.x Retrieved 25 January 2009
  7. ^ Broughton, R. K., Hinsley, S. A. & Bellamy, P. E. (2008). Separation of Marsh Tit Poecile palustris from Willow Tit Poecile montana using a bill criterion. Ringing and Migration 24, 101–103. British Trust for Ornithology. Retrieved 25 January 2009
  8. ^ "Monks Wood Experimental Station". Retrieved 12 December 2016.

Coordinates: 52°24′22″N 0°14′35″W / 52.406°N 0.243°W


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