Shrawley Wood lies on the western bank of the River Severn between Worcester and Stourport. The site overlies Keuper sandstone from which the soils are derived. They are slightly acidic on the plateau but become more neutral to alkaline on the slopes and valley bottom. The site has been selected as a large tract of ancient woodland almost completely dominated by coppiced small-leaved lime Tilia cordata. This type of woodland is a feature of eastern England and its occurrence here is unusual in the West Midlands. The woodland also has a long history of management with records going back to the beginning of the eighteenth century.