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Frith Wood

Frith Wood nature reserve is a wonderful ancient beech wood that straddles the ridge overlooking the Painswick and Slad Valleys near Stroud.

There are a number of footpaths that go through the reserve, which is part of the longer Slad Valley Wildlife Way linking Snows Farm and Swift's Hill nature reserves in a five mile circular walk. 

The beech trees in Frith Wood are believed to be planted from Belgian seed sometime after the Napoleonic Wars. 

The wood is home to rare plants such as wood barley, white helleborine and yellow bird's nest. In spring there is a lovely display of bluebells and wild garlic. Although small and rarely seen a very rare snail called Ena montana has been recorded here.

The nature reserve is part of a larger SSSI that includes Bull's Cross and Juniper Hill.  

Species and habitats

Bluebell, Ramsons, Broad-leaved Helleborine

Nearby nature reserves

Snows Farm
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Laurie Lee Wood
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Elliott (Swift's Hill)
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Three miles north east of Stroud, the wood lies on the B4070 near Bull's Cross.
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Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
getting away from it all
spring flowers
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24.00 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Walking information
The site sits on very steep and undulating ground. Paths are uneven and can reach a linear gradient of 10% in places.
There is a rough layby at Bull's Cross and a small area close to the site entrance on the B4070. There are no designated parking bays.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333