Barnsbury Wood

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Barnsbury Wood is a Local Nature Reserve[1][2] and Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade I, in Barnsbury in the London Borough of Islington. With an area of only 0.35 hectares, it is the smallest Local Nature Reserve in London[3] It is owned and managed by Islington Council.[1]

In the nineteenth century the site was the garden of the vicarage of St Andrew's Church in Huntingdon Street. In the early twentieth century the garden was abandoned and became woodland. Islington Council purchased it in 1974, proposing to develop it, but in the 1990s it was decided to leave it as woodland and it was declared a Local Nature Reserve. Trees include sycamore, ash, lime and horse chestnut.[4] Birds include the long tailed tit, and there are invertebrates such as the lesser stag beetle and the sixteen spot ladybird.[5]

There is access from Crescent Street, and the wood is open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Barnsbury Wood". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 28 February 2013. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Map of Barnsbury Wood". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Barnsbury Wood". Greenspace Information for Greater London. 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Barnsbury Wood". London Parks and Gardens Trust. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Barnsbury Wood". London Borough of Islington. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 

Coordinates: 51°32′30″N 0°06′52″W / 51.541711°N 0.11440283°W / 51.541711; -0.11440283