This reserve is a valued location for its landscape and the stunning views across the Forest of Dean. The reserve was originally managed to secure open ground for birds such as nightjars, linnets, stonechats, tree pipits and butterflies such as grizzled skipper, large skipper and ringlet. It is now more noted for a small numbers of summer visiting turtle doves.

In the summer butterflies and bumblebees abound, visiting gorse flowers across the heathland, and reptiles such as common lizards and adders bask out under the sun. Buzzards can be heard mewing as they circle overhead, and deer can be seen if you remain quiet and still.

Heathland restoration is currently taking place on the site to restore the open heathland, as such some of the pussy willow, gorse and birch scrub are slowly being removed. Bluebells, violets and foxgloves can be seen poking their heads through the soil in the spring.


Species and habitats

Nightjar, Buzzard, Adder, Common Lizard, Turtle Dove

Nearby nature reserves

Cannop Bridge Marsh
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Foxes Bridge Bog
3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Clarke's Pool Meadows
3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Accessed via forest road off the Parkend to Yorkley road, 1 driving mile east of Parkend.
Forest of Dean
GL15 5HQ
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Great for...
getting away from it all
spring flowers
stunning views
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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9.00 hectares

Uneven ground through much of the reserve, a good even Forestry Commission path runs around the reserve.
Walking information
A wide relatively even path runs around the nature reserve.
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333