Foxley Wood, Purley

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Foxley Wood is an 11.36 hectare Local Nature Reserve and Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade 1, in Purley in the London Borough of Croydon. It is owned and managed by Croydon Council.[1][2][3] The site was purchased by Coulsdon and Purley Urban District Council under the Green Belt Act in the 1930s.[4]

Some of the woodland on the site is ancient, and there are also areas of chalk grassland. The wood is principally oak and ash, with some sycamore and wild cherry. There is an understorey of hazel. Flora include dog's mercury, wood millet, wood melick. The site also has a wide variety of insects, including grasshoppers and butterlies.[3] Forty-five species of birds have been recorded, and there are also badgers and roe deer.[1]

There is access from Burwood Avenue, Northwood Avenue, Woodland Way and Higher Drive.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Foxley Wood". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Map of Foxley Wood". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Foxley Wood". Greenspace Information for Greater London. 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Foxley Wood and Sherwood Oaks". London Parks and Gardens Trust. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 

Coordinates: 51°19′41″N 0°06′50″W / 51.328°N 0.114°W / 51.328; -0.114