Big Pool Wood Nature Reserve

Big Pool Wood Nature Reserve_Graham Berry

Woodland and small reed-bed associated with wildflowers, bird life, butterflies and dragonflies. Including reed warbler and spotted flycatcher during spring and summer, foraging flocks of small birds which include treecreepers, goldcrests, blue, great and long tailed tits over autumn and winter


Behind Bridlewood Riding School, Near Gronant, Prestatyn


OS Map Reference

A static map of Big Pool Wood

Know before you go

4 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Parking is available off the roadside just to the west of the main entrance, additionally is a public car park signposted by the entrance to Bridlewood Riding School

Grazing animals

Horses in adjacent riding school.

Walking trails

There's a circular walk around the pool, this is along board walk as far as the bird hide, the path then follows uneven ground around the remainder of the pool


Uneven ground through the riding centre, a board walk to access the bird hide, then uneven pathway through the remaining woodland


On a lead


Bird hides

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring time for spring flowers and bird song

About the reserve

Reed bed surrounded by wet alder woodland dominated by common reed Phragmites australis, this reserve is an important habitat for breeding reed warblers and wintering wildfowl.  Surrounding the reed bed is wet woodland predominantly of alder Alnus glutinosa, containing several locally rare plants including giant bellflower Campanula latifolia.  The site is part of the Dee Estuary SSSI which is also designated a Special Protection Area, a wetland of international importance supporting 120,000 waterfowl and waders in the winter.  A circular path gives you a chance to explore this quiet little reserve  

Contact us

North Wales Wildlife Trust - Graham Berry
Contact number: 01248 351541

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)