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Mercian Archaeological Services CIC are proud to be running the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey.

As home to the Major Oak, Legendary hideaway of Robin Hood, the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve is famous around the world!

The National Nature Reserve is actually in two main parts, the ancient woodlands of Birklands and Bilhaugh to the south - home of the Major Oak, and the large expanse of ancient lowland heath to the north known as Budby South Forest.

In medieval times Sherwood Forest was characterised by these two landforms of woodland and heath. This was the landscape of the great medieval hunt. It was the landscape of wilderness and chase that attracted the Kings of England for sport and pleasure, and also offered the hideaway of the medieval outlaw.

The landscape of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve was also used by people to graze animals and at times to grow crops during the medieval period.

This survey will search not only for evidence of medieval activity, but will also investigate the landscape from Prehistoric and Roman times through to the more recent activity in the Second World War and the use by the army.

Birklands Wood was Crown woodland in the heart of Sherwood Forest in medieval times, and is home to nearly 1000 veteran Oak Trees, and Budby South Forest is the largest area of lowland heath in the Midlands.


Major Oak, legendary hideaway of Robin Hood in Birklands Wood - Archaeology in Sherwood Forest

Photo: The Major Oak in The Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
© Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

Photo: Budby South Forest, The Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. © Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

Photo: Possible medieval holloway in Birklands wood recorded as part of the project using survey grade GPS and total station to create 2D maps and 3D models. Birklands wood, in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
 © Mercian Archaeological services CIC

The Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Archaeological Survey:


The project seeks to map, record, interpret and help to protect the archaeological resource in the ancient woods of Birklands and Bilhaugh and the ancient heathland of Budby South Forest.


The project includes:



Management of the Archaeological resource:


As well as forming part of long-term research into the landscape of Sherwood Forest, the project is designed to provide high quality archaeological recording and reporting to enable the future management of the archaeological resource of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve by the site managers the RSPB.

The project in Birklands has been undertaken in 2018 with the support of the Sherwood Forest Rangers at Nottinghamshire County Council, and will continue over the coming years alongside the RSPB who take over management of the site in October 2018.

The survey in Budby South Forest was undertaken with support from the RSPB who have managed the site there since 2015.

Ancient Lings, Budby South Forest - Archaeology in Sherwood Forest

Photo: Budby South Forest, The Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. © Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

Medieval holloway- archaeology in Sherwood Forest

For more information about joining the project for 2019 please email info@mercian-as.co.uk

Recording a linear bank and ditch on Budby South Forest in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
© Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

Recording a linear bank on Budby South Forest in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
© Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

Recording ridge and furrow on Budby South Forest, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
© Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

Military pit in Birklands wood, Archaeology in Sherwood Forest

Recording a military pit in Birklands Wood in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
© Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

Recording a linear bank on Budby South Forest in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
© Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

Recording a military pit on Budby South Forest in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
© Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

Edwinstowe Boundary Stone, Birklands Wood - Archaeology in Sherwood Forest

Edwinstowe boundary stone with carved letter ‘E’ in Birklands Wood in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
© Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

Recording a linear bank on Budby South Forest in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
© Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

Military Pit, Birklands Wood - Archaeology in Sherwood Forest

Recording a military pit in Birklands Wood in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
© Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

Medieval holloway, Birklands Wood - Archaeology in Sherwood Forest

Recording a medieval holloway in Birklands Wood in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve.
© Mercian Archaeological services CIC.

Some photographs from the 2018 season:

The Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey is a long-term research project that forms a part of the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project


The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project page

The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project combines community archaeology, research and outreach work- that promotes the archaeology, history and heritage of the wider Sherwood Forest, its landscape and people.

This research is intrinsically linked to raising the profile and value of the wider Sherwood Forest area.

See the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project page for further details.



Nottinghamshire County Council

Archaeological Reports:


All reports from the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey are made available for FREE o the community via the links below (as they become available).

The reporting and dissemination of archaeological work is essential and all reports are logged via the OASIS archaeological database and Archaeological Data Service, and logged with the Historic Environment Record for Nottinghamshire.

The following reports form part of a long-term research project and are all written to the standards and guidance of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and Historic England, and adhere to Archaeological Best Practice to ensure the highest possible standards are achieved.


A Desk-based Assessment of Budby South Forest, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. Budby, Nottinghamshire. Part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey.

Andy Gaunt, 2018.





http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/budby_south_forest_dba_2018.pdf

The RSPB have been managing the site of Budby South Forest since 2015. This report was commissioned by the RSPB to provide a greater understanding of the archaeological resource within Budby South Forest SFNNR and to aid in the management of the site.

2018 Season:

Getting involved, 2019 and onwards:

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Project page links:

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 Project Home page

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About the Project

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 Funding the Project

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 Project Partners

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 Organisations

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 Project Sponsors

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Awards

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 Robin Hood Challenges

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 Fieldwork

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 Research

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 Finds Processing

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 Bus Tours - Outreach

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National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey

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 King John’s Palace

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 Robin Hood’s Village Dig

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 Thynghowe

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 The Battle of Hatfield

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Edwinstowe Church

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 St Edwin’s Chapel

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 Clipstone Village Dig

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Clipstone Peel

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Ransom Wood Survey

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 Medieval Sherwood Map

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About Sherwood Forest

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 Forest Law

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 Why Sherwood Forest?

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 Boundaries of Sherwood

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 Landscape of Sherwood

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 Outlaws & Villains

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 Stories from the Forest

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 Media

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Social Media - Follow us

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Book Reviews

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 Links page

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 Bibliography

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Award Winners 2016

for "Engaging people in the heritage, history & archaeology of Sherwood Forest".


Young Archaeology Club Sherwood Forest Trust Magna Carta Sherwood Forest

Some funders and partners:

World-wide Robin Hood Society

Robin Hood Society Feather in Your Cap Award 2016 Heritage Lottery Fund Archaeology Thynghowe Vikings Sherwood Forest Discover King John's Palace free excavation Robin Hood Town Tours

Sherwood Forest Historic Bus Tours: more details

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