The woodlands on the reserve are largely to be found on water-logged soil, dominated by willow and alder. At the northern end of the reserve the ground is a little more elevated encouraging species such as hazel, sycamore, ash and poplar that prefer drier soil conditions. However even this soil is damp in winter, being on top of London Clay dumped in the lakes that existed here, to provide a base for the substations in the 1960's. Dormouse is the most celebrated of speciues to be found in the woodland areas.
Broad Oak Nature Reserve (Woodland)