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Wykery Copse

Wykery Copse is a 3.15 hectare ancient semi-natural woodland which contains a mixture of woodland types including wet ash-maple, valley and base-rich alder, and oak with birch and hazel.

The Copse, which, is located on the western outskirts of Bracknell and is connected to 2 surrounding play areas, was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1984 for its important wildlife value.

Facilities

Wykery Copse has:

  • an ancient woodland that’s designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Local Wildlife Site (LWS) for its wildlife value
  • two associated play areas at Browning Copse and Bayden Square
  • good access to the site via a timber woodland boardwalk with handrails
  • 4 wooden sculptures at the entrances

How to get to Wykery Copse

By foot

A public footpath is located to the east of the site leading to a footbridge across the A329.

The boardwalk allows for permissive access through the woodland.

There are further public rights of way at nearby Peacock Meadows, which provide links via Peacock Lane.

By car

The copse has on street parking nearby only.

Park management

Wykery Copse is a fragment of ancient broadleaved woodland of a kind now drastically reduced in Berkshire. It contains a diverse mix of woodland habitat and species for its size and is further enhanced by the small stream which flows through it.

The woodland is managed to preserve its important wildlife value by Bracknell Forest Parks and Countryside Rangers and volunteers. Key aspects include retaining standing dead wood where possible, limiting public access to the woodland floor to reduce trampling of flora, small scale hazel coppicing and bracken cutting.

Community involvement

Local residents have offered their time to help litter pick and plant trees. Further information about getting involved can be found on our conservation page.

Wildlife

Wykery Copse has:

  • a thriving colony of rare wild service trees which are a Bracknell Forest BAP species
  • other rare, local species such as purple orchid, yellow archangel, yellow pimpernel and figwort
  • ancient woodland ground flora including bluebells, wood anemones, wood sorrel and primrose
  • woodland understorey - blackthorn, hawthorn, honeysuckle, wild red currant, rose and dogwood

If you’re lucky you might spot greater and lesser spotted woodpeckers and roe deer.