Seckar Woods is a beautiful old woodland once owned by the Wentworth family of Woolley Hall, until the 1920’s when it was bought by photographer Warner Gothard.
This woodland is a rare piece of the district’s natural heritage. A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), it is one of only five in Wakefield. It is also designated as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR).
The site comprises a diverse range of habitats, being a mixture of dry heath, wet heath and woodland, and rich in wildlife.
The landscape changes dramatically over the seasons, from being a sea purple heather in late summer to deep green foliage in the winter. Rare mosses and sedges can be found growing in the wet heath.
Rich with wildlife, you can spot hare, stoats, weasels as well small mammals like bank voles, field voles and woodmice living amongst this diverse habitiat. This is also the only area in Wakefield where there are palmate newts.
This hidden gem is a place you feel at one with nature and can really unwind.