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Owl Wood and Pit Plantation

These two semi-mature woodlands located just off the Lines Way are connected and former woodland management has meant there is plenty here for local wildlife.


Owl Wood and Pit Plantation are adjacent blocks of woodland which are, for the large part, surrounded by arable farmland.

Whilst Owl Wood is now dominated by relatively recent naturally regenerated sycamore, oak and silver birch, it is known to have been wooded at least since the end of the eighteenth century.

Pit Plantation, as it's name suggests, is of planted origin - it is first documented in the 1913 map of the Township of Allerton Bywater.

18th century bell pits are present within Owl Wood, as are the field boundaries which originally contained a smaller element of woodland which as gradually extended.

Owl Wood and Pit Plantation is owned managed in partnership with Leeds City Council.

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Want to see more of Owl Wood and Pit Plantation before your visit? Have a look below.

Owl Wood and Pit Plantation photos in our Flickr group



Species and habitats

House Sparrow, Dunnock, Bullfinch, Hedgehog, Song Thrush, Starling

Nearby nature reserves

The Lines Way
0 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Letchmire Pastures Nature Reserve
1 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Hollinhurst Wood
1 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Doctors Lane
West Yorkshire
WF10 2AQ
Map reference
SE 413 288
Great for...
getting away from it all
historical interest
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4.30 hectares

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Tel: 01904 659570