News and events
Green Flag Award
Ruislip Woods received confirmation in September 2006 that it had been given Green Flag status.
The woodland centre is situated next to the Waters Edge Pub at the Lido in Reservoir Road, Ruislip. The Centre features displays of fungi, birds nests, animal skulls, snake skins etc. and various fun woodland activities including hunt the bat, match the tracks and feely boxes for children. Two murals have recently been painted by professional artists displaying some of the plants and animals found in a typical woodland pond and on the heathland/acid grassland area of Poor's Field.
The annual mowing will be going on throughout the winter on Poor's Field, the Pylon Ride and Grub Ground. The coppicing started in October and includes coupes in Copse Wood, Mad Bess and Park Woods. Warning signs are always on display, but the public are still asked to take care when passing near to the work areas.
Due to the increase in the number of dogs being walked in the woods, three dog bins have been installed to accommodate the large amounts of dog faeces. They are located at Mad Bess Woods car park in Ducks Hill Road, Kings College entrance to Park Wood and just inside Poor's Field off Reservoir Road. Read more about Dog Poo
Barbecues are not permitted anywhere in Ruislip Woods or Lido. This is due to the potential risk of fire during dry periods and the large amounts of rubbish that some users leave behind, which also presents a health and safety risk to both animals and people.
Vehicle barrier at Bayhurst Wood
As a result of increased fly-tipping at the entrance to Bayhurst Wood, the vehicle barrier has been moved forward to prevent vehicles from backing up to the gate and unloading their rubbish.
Information about upcoming events can be found on Events.
In 2006 a number of events took place in Ruislip Woods. The annual Ruislip Woods Open Day was held in May on the Willow Lawn at the Lido. Crowds of people enjoyed demonstrations of woodland crafts such as charcoal burning, besom broom making and wood turning, whilst local wildlife groups put up information displays. The highlight of the event was the wood miser display, which turned large oak butts into useable timber, and demonstrated the sustainability of Ruislip Woods management as all timber is used in the Woods for boardwalks, bridges, fencing, benches and post and rail.
Other events held in 2005 included wildlife walks for the public. In May a dawn chorus was led by a local expert who identified a number of bird songs for those present. Birds heard or seen included, willow and garden warblers, whitethroat, blackcap and redpoll.
In August, Mike Edwards, a bee and wasp expert led a walk to look for these insects of which there are many different species, for example this spider eating wasp
This autumn has proved to be extremely good for fungi in the Woods, and in October another local expert led a fungi walk for the public. Among the fungi found were false death cap (pictured), stinkhorn and brown boletus.