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Laymoor Quag

Laymoor Quag is the last remaining relic of Cinderford’s wet heathland, which once covered a large area but was mostly destroyed by coal-mining and afforestation in the 18th and 19th centuries. Heathland, marsh and ponds provide habitat for a variety of flora and fauna with a variety of heathland flowers. This is a good place to look for dragonflies in the summer months.

Due to coal-mining and afforestation in the 18th and 19th centuries Laymoor Quag is the last remaining relic of Cinderford’s wet heathland which once covered a large area. Heathland, marsh and ponds provide habitat for a variety of flora and fauna. 

Dragonflies are abundant here, and it's as great place to watch them hunt over the wet heathland. The only known location for the petty whin, the heathland is home to heather and gorse and the bird life which call the area home.

Typical heathland flowers are present and include heath bedstraw, lousewort, tormentil and sneeze-wort. Marsh marigold, cuckooflower, meadowsweet and ragged robin are nestled amongst the grass, and at the eastern edge is a spring-fed pond surrounded by the striking yellow iris, skull caps and a variety of bog mosses. 

 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Heathland, Wetland
Species
Meadowsweet, Cuckooflower, Yellow Iris

Nearby nature reserves

Edgehills Bog
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Woorgreens
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Foxes Bridge Bog
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Half a mile north west of Bilson Green, Cinderford.
Cinderford
Gloucestershire
Map reference
SO644146
Great for...
birdwatching
butterflies
fungi
getting away from it all
historical interest
spring flowers
stunning views
Best time to visit
Jun - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
3.50 hectares
Access
Yes

Parking
From the north the reserve can be reached from the Forest Vale Industrial Estate
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333
info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk