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Woorgreens is a nature reserve which is in the heart of the Forest of Dean and home to a wide range of plants and animals that you can see and hear throughout the year. Developed from open-cast mine workings, it is now a selection of marsh, lake and heath habitats. It is home to many types of rare and unusual wildlife. In the spring and summer it's a great place to spot dragonflies and damselflies or look for reptiles. Bird life is abundant, both on the lake and the surround heath and woodland edges - listen out for the sound of the cuckoo, look for shy crossbills in the woodland edges, or look for hobbies chasing dragonflies over the lake.

The ponds and ditches provide shelter, hunting and breeding sites for many species of damsel and dragonfly as well as the rare great crested newts.

The areas of heathlanf are a threatened habitat which once covered large areas of the Forest of Dean. They are characterised by their poor acidic soils and dominated with ling, bell heather and gorse, which is turn provides homes for common lizard, slow worm, grass snake and adder.

Birds such as stonechat, meadow pipit and cuckoo can be seen and heard on the open heath with siskin, redpoll and crossbills keeping to the woodland edge. 

Hobbies can be seen chasing dragonflies over the lake in the late summer.

Fungi such as yellow brain fungus can be found on the dead branches of gorse and bay boletes are found under the pine trees.

Why not download a Woorgreens nature reserves leaflet or contact us to recieve a copy of our new Forest of Dean walks and reserves leaflets.

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Reserve information

On the B4226 between Cinderford and Coleford, east of Cannop, near to the Speech House.
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Great for...
getting away from it all
overwintering birds
spring migrant birds
Best time to visit
Mar - Oct
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41.00 hectares

Parking is in a pull in off the main B4226 road, just before Kensley Lodge.
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333