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Discover a Winter Wonderland

Posted: Friday 26th December 2014 by Community

At this time of year it is always tempting to stay snuggled up in the warm, but despite the cold weather there is always plenty of wildlife to see.

 In the winter our nature reserves are beautiful, and still home to many species that stay all year round as well as our winter visitors. They are open all hours - so, pull on those winter boots, wrap up in a warm scarf and come and take a look.

1. Coombe Hill Canal and Meadows

An historic landscape located in the heart of the River Severn floodplains, this stunning reserve is a great location to visit during the winter months. Nestled between Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury it's perfect for spotting winter migrants with thousands of birds choosing to visit throughout the season. Just a couple of weeks ago, Jackie, our Severn Vale reserves manager spotted thousands of birds and was positively bouncing! So grab the binoculars and come see if you can identify winter visitors such as pintails, lapwings, curlew, teal, and redwings to name just a few!

Discover Coombe Hill nature reserve


2. Lower Woods

One of the largest ancient woodlands in south-west England, Lower Woods nature reserve has over 40 miles of tracks and 23 woods and coppices meaning there's plenty to see. We recommend Lower Woods for it's 'away from it all' atmosphere, and the maze of pathways through endless grassy rides. But be aware, it's a wet woodland - which in the past was integral to it's survival as it was to wet to farm - but this does mean that you'll want to don some good wellies and take a few towels for dogs and children alike!

Discover Lower Woods nature reserve



In the midst of the Forest of Dean, Woorgreens is home to rare and unusual wildlife. Even in the winter months you'll find Stonechats and Meadow pipits out in the open heath but also you will be able to spot siskin, redpoll and crossbills around the woodland edge. It's perfect for the budding bird watchers, looking to catch a glimpse of our usual friends on the reserve but also of the rare great grey shrike which has been spotted here recently!

Discover Woorgreens nature reserve

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