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Midger Wood

Midger Wood nature reserve lies in a magical, almost hidden, valley of mossy oaks and luxurious ferns. The babbling Kilcott Brook and its small waterfalls (some of them petrified with calcareous tufa deposits) are always within earshot, making this a peaceful, relaxing place to visit.

There are many ancient woodland wildflowers to see in spring (carpets of bluebells, wild garlic, wood anemone, herb Paris and primroses) and many woodland birds such as marsh tit, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and song thrush. Buzzards and ravens often wheel and call overhead. The hazel coppice is home to a famous and well-studied population of dormice. This ancient woodland has a canopy comprising mainly ash, pedunculate oak and field maple and is great for butterflies such as silver washed fritillary. You may even be able to see a fallow deer wondering through the wildflowers and woodlands. Or perhaps witness a Roe Deer rutting during July - August


Species and habitats

Bluebell, Willow Warbler, Nuthatch

Nearby nature reserves

3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Lower Woods
3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Old London Road
4 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Just off the A46, near Lower and Upper Kilcott.
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Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
getting away from it all
lichens and mosses
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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Open at all times
9.00 hectares

The woodland can be muddy at any time of year, so wellies or walking boots are recommended and children will want to paddle in the stream! There are steep gradients and cross-slopes, and one flight of steps at the far end of the circular 3km long waymarked trail.
Walking information
Please keep to the waymarked paths
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333