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Coopers Hill

Apart from the world renowned Cheese Rolling slope, this reserve is also comprised of over 100 acres of ancient beechwood and is part of the Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods Special Area of Conservation (SAC) recognising its value in a European context.

Coopers Hill Local Nature Reserve is an area of ancient beech woodland situated to the south-east of Gloucester on the Cotswold escarpment. The reserve is an internationally important wildlife area forming part of the larger Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation. It is an outstanding example of Atlantic Beech woodland and has a wide diversity of woodland plants and animals. The site also forms part of the High Botheridge Camp Scheduled Ancient Monument.

 

It support a rich woodland flora including bluebell early purple orchid, sanicle, wood spurge and bird’s nest orchid. IT was once thought to hold a population of the very rare red helleborine, so a species to look out for.

Nearby nature reserves

Barrow Wake
3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Crickley Hill
3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Frith Wood
3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Coopers Hill
Gloucester
Gloucestershire
GL3
Map reference
SO885140
Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
butterflies
geological interest
getting away from it all
historical interest
spring flowers
stunning views
wildflowers
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Size
55.44 hectares
Status
Ancient Woodland
Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI)
Candidate SAC
Access
Yes

Parking
yes
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333
info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk