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Ban-y-Gor Woods

Ban-y-gor nature reserve is a secluded and mystical woodland with large ancient coppice and pollards carpeted with ferns and mosses. A single path descends moderately via a small glade towards the River Wye. Dormice do surprisingly well in this shady habitat as the hazel coppice thrives amongst the wind blown trees that create a very natural woodland environment.

Ban-y-gor Woods provides a secluded and mystical habitat with large ancient coppice and pollards carpeted with ferns and mosses.

The tree canopy includes beech, ash, sessile oak, silver birch, common whitebeam and small-leaved lime. Yew is the dominant shrub, particularly beneath the beech trees. There is hazel coppice, field maple, hawthorn, holly and goat willow. The conditions are damp and acidic and the ground flora includes foxglove, woodruff, wild madder, great woodrush, wood sage and wood sorrel. The many ferns include hard shield-fern, hard fern, scaly male-fern and maidenhair spleenwort. Woodland flowers include bluebell and wood anemone.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland
Species
Dormouse, Hazel, Small-leaved Lime, Field Maple, Bluebell

Nearby nature reserves

Lancaut
0 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Ridley Bottom
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Lippets Grove
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
North of Tutshill, off the B4228
Chepstow
Gloucestershire
NP16 7JB
Map reference
ST536967
Great for...
birdwatching
butterflies
getting away from it all
spring flowers
stunning views
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
23.20 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Yes

Walking information
A public footpath runs through the woods from the ruins of Lancaut Chapel to below Pen Moel, returning via Offas Dyke.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333
info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk