Sherwood Forest is an ancient and beautiful landscape, steeped in history and rich with wildlife.

Once a royal hunting ground, Sherwood is full of ancient oaks that have stood tall for over 500 years. One of the most magnificent is the Major Oak. Thought to be 1,000 years old, it was once the favourite hideout of Sherwood Forest’s most famous resident — Robin Hood.

Sherwood is now home to a dazzling array of wildlife, including some rare and endangered insects. Look out for bright red Cardinal Beetles in the bark of fallen trees or spot alien-like fungi sprouting from tree trunks. Roam the forest after nightfall on a guided bat or Glow-worm walk, or visit our Budby reserve to hear the Nightjar’s distinctive churring call.

The RSPB leads the team that manages this important National Nature Reserve. To find out more about the site's history, wildlife, facilities and special events, head to visitsherwood.co.uk

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Contact Sherwood Forest

  • Forest Corner, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9QB