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Cann Wood (LNR)

vThe Andy Stevens Reserve

Cann Wood is a Local Nature Reserve located in the north-west of Plymouth immediately north of Whitleigh and south of Tamerton Foliot. This site covers 24 hectares (that's around 24 full-sized football pitches) and is a place where you can relax, walk, play and explore nature.

Cann Wood is a large site in which you can experience the outdoors and let free your wild sides! Why not take your family for a stroll enjoying the sounds and sights that the woods have to offer?

Cann Wood Reserve has been dedicated to the memory of Dr Andy Stevens who sadly died in 2005. He played a pivotal role in advocating the need to protect Cann Wood and in securing the acquisition of the land as part of a planning agreement. Andy worked as Nature Conservation Officer with us for over 10 years and worked tirelessly to champion the protection of the city's wildlife.


The site provides a valuable landscape and biodiversity resource for the area including high quality woodland and meadows.

Species we've spotted include:

  • Bluebell, wood anemone and wild garlic
  • Silver-washed fritillary
  • Badger

For more detailed information on access and the management of see the documents below:

Management plan


Habitat survey

Improvements map

Management unit map

Site features map

Walks and features

  • Network of paths throughout the site
  • Extensive wildflower meadows
  • Benches throughout the reserve

Remember this is a Local Nature Reserve, please be considerate to wildlife and to other users:

  • Don't pick wild flowers or plants
  • Don't disturb animals
  • Take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under control
  • Keep dogs out of stream area
  • Clean up after your dogs
  • No camping
  • No motorbikes
  • No fires


  • Steps and steep slopes at most entrances

Travel and directions

  • Five minutes walk from Tamerton Foliot and Aylesbury Crescent
  • Cycle route runs through the reserve
  • Accessible using public transport with bus stops along Taunton Avenue to the south and Tamerton Foliot Road to the north of the reserve
  • No official car park (some car parking on nearby streets)