Turner's Wood

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The entrance to Turner's Wood in Ingram Avenue

Turner's Wood is a 2.4 hectare Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade II, in Hampstead Garden Suburb in the London Borough of Barnet. It is designated as a private natural woodland and bird sanctuary.[1]

Hidden behind houses between Wildwood Road and Ingram Avenue, the wood is a surviving fragment of Bishops Wood, which was part of the Bishop of London's medieval estate; in Victorian times it was a woodland pleasure garden, but it is now managed for nature conservation, especially for birds, by a company set up for the purpose by the residents of neighbouring properties in 1965.[1]

Several small streams go through the site, tributaries of Decoy Brook, itself a tributary of the River Brent,[2] the tree canopy is mainly sessile oak, with some pedunculate, oak, hornbeam, sycamore and a few wild service-trees. There is a rich variety of species in the understorey, including rowan, Midland hawthorn and hazel; in the spring there are carpets of bluebells. Birds include coal tits, nuthatch and green and great spotted woodpeckers, while tawny owls and kestrels have bred on the site.[1]

There is no public access, and the entrance in Ingram Avenue is normally padlocked.

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  1. ^ a b c Hewlett, Janet (1997). Nature Conservation in Barnet. London Ecology Unit. p. 84. ISBN 1 871045 27 4. 
  2. ^ "The Decoy Brook". Middlesex County Council (Nick Papadimitriou ). 

Coordinates: 51°34′20″N 0°10′43″W / 51.5722°N 0.1785°W / 51.5722; -0.1785