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Coombe Hill Canal and Meadows

Coombe Hill Canal and Meadows is an SSSI and a place of vistas and endless skies, of floods and farming, an ancient landscape fringing the Severn. It is a very special site for wetland birds, particularly waders and migrating waterfowl but also watch out for birds of prey, including hen harrier, peregrine falcon and goshawk. Equally appealing on a frost-bitten winter morning or a glorious summer day, Coombe Hill is an ideal place to revel in the peaceful serenity of the countryside; bring binoculars to bird watch, or simple enjoy the wildlife and scenery on offer.

It was one of the Trust's biggest restoration projects after the damage caused by the great flood of 2007. Public appeals and the generosity of Coombe Hill Patrons helped to greatly improve access on the reserve with the new extension of the boardwalk up to the Grundon Bird Hide completes in autumn 2012.

Snipe, redshank, oystercatcher, lapwing and curlew are just a few of the many species sighted here, as well as spectacular numbers of over wintering wildfowl during times of high water. 

Equally appealing on a frost-bitten winter morning or a glorious summer day, Coombe Hill is an ideal place to revel in the peaceful serenity of the countryside; bring binoculars to bird watch, or simple enjoy the wildlife and scenery on offer.

 

STOP PRESS: Unfortunately, prolonged and severe flooding throughout the winter of 2012 saw the destruction of the hide and boardwalk so the Trust is currently fundraising to replace these structures so the thousands of visitors can continue to use the hide, and the Trust can continue to monitor the notable populations of breeding waders and wildfowl which are present on the site (Find out more or donate to the hide appeal here).

 

 

Nearby nature reserves

Chaceley Meadow
3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Wingmoor Farm Meadow
3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Ashleworth Ham
4 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Midway between Gloucester and Tewkesbury off the A38
Coombe Hill
Gloucestershire
Map reference
SO887272
Great for...
a family day out
birdwatching
butterflies
getting away from it all
overwintering birds
spring flowers
spring migrant birds
stunning views
wildflowers
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
105.00 hectares
Access
Yes

There is a 1km walk from the car park along the canal towpath to the entrance to the meadows and hides. The towpath is level and offers good views but it can become rutted and very muddy after wet weather.
Walking information
Although level, the path is heavily rutted through use by horses and can be very muddy. There is a 1km walk from the car park along the canal towpath to the entrance to the meadows and hides. There are other walks depicted in the FREE Coombe Hill leaflet, and on the information boards on site.
Parking
Parking area for 8-10 vehicles, which has a stone and aggregate surface. There are no designated parking bays.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
cattle
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333
info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk