BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild May -

1 Ari­un­dle Oak­wood Na­tional

Na­ture Reserve is man­aged by Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage (SNH) and sit­u­ated north of the vil­lage of Stron­tian in the High­lands. The wood con­tains the re­mains of his­tor­i­cal hu­man use.

2 Taynish Na­tional Na­ture

Reserve is also man­aged by SNH and lo­cated some 20km west of Lochgilp­head. Over 6,000 years old, it is con­sid­ered one of the finest At­lantic oak wood­lands in Eu­rope.

3 Bor­row­dale Wood, just south of Keswick in Cum­bria, is man­aged by the Na­tional Trust. It rep­re­sents the most ex­ten­sive re­main­ing block of ses­sile oak wood in north­ern Eng­land.

4 Coedydd Aber Na­tional Na­ture

Reserve, near Ban­gor, is one of the best places to catch the ‘western trio’ in North Wales. Don’t miss the spec­tac­u­lar wa­ter­fall at the head of the val­ley.

5 Wist­man’s Wood Na­tional

Na­ture Reserve, on Dart­moor, is man­aged by Nat­u­ral Eng­land. One of the high­est oak woods in Bri­tain, this at­mo­spheric site has in­spired artists and writ­ers for gen­er­a­tions.

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