Perivale Wood

Little Elms Meadow

Perivale Wood is an 11.6 hectare Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation in Perivale in the London Borough of Ealing. It is one of the oldest nature reserves in Britain. The Selborne Society has managed it since 1902, at first as a bird sanctuary. In 1914 it leased the site and in 1923 it purchased it. The wood was designated an LNR in 1974.[1][2][3]

The site is mainly old oak woodland, with areas of pasture and damp scrub, three ponds and two streams. Plant species include adders tongue fern,[1] and there have been records of 568 species of moths,[4] 17 of mammals and 115 of birds. The Selborne Society was founded in 1885 as a national body to commemorate the work of the naturalist Gilbert White, but is now principally a local body managing Perivale Wood.[5]

The entrance in Sunley Gardens is locked except on the reserve open day on a Sunday in April.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Perivale Wood". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Map of Perivale Wood". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  3. ^ Hall, Rae and Pedley, Andy. "The Selborne Society and Perivale Wood". London Parks Trust. Retrieved 28 July 2014.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ Perivale Wood Moth List: David Howdon, Perivale Wood Moth List, 31 December 2013, Perivale Wood Moth List, Perivale Wood, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-10-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Perivale Wood Local Nature Reserve". Selborne Society Ltd. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  6. ^ "About us". Selborne Society. Retrieved 28 August 2019.

Coordinates: 51°32′24″N 0°19′44″W / 51.540°N 0.329°W / 51.540; -0.329