Oxlip woods

Oxlips grow almost exclusively in ancient woods and, what is more, only in ancient woods in the area where the counties of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex meet. This is an area of boulder clay soils, which are very chalky and produce woods that are unusually complex, with a wide variety of plants. The oxlip faces a number of threats, including browsing pressure from deer and rabbits, hybridisation with both native and introduced primulas, and competition from other species.

Bendysh Woods
Little Hales Wood
Rowney Wood
Shadwell Wood
West Wood (Thaxted)


Spring through to early summer for wild flowers and early migrant birds.