Ashleworth Ham Nature Reserve lies in the floodplains of the Severn Vale and is part of a much larger Site of Special Scientific Interest. It floods easily, particularly during the winter, which makes it the perfect wetland for overwintering birds.

Location

Between Ashleworth and Hasfield
Hasfield
A static map of Ashleworth Ham

Know before you go

Size
5 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

There are no walking trails on this nature reserve.

Access

Please note that there is no public access to Ashleworth Ham Nature Reserve because it is a sensitive site for breeding birds. There are viewing screens and a hide along the roadside that allow you to take in the wonderful views without disturbing the birds. Permits are available to specialists who would like to access the nature reserve, for example, those carrying out wildlife research. To apply for a permit please contact Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust via info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk or by calling 0452 383333 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Dogs

No dogs permitted

Facilities

Bird hides

When to visit

Opening times

Please note that there is no public access to Ashleworth Ham Nature Reserve because it is a sensitive site for breeding birds. There are viewing screens and a bird hide along the roadside which are available seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Ashleworth Ham Nature Reserve lies in the floodplains of the River Severn and is part of a much larger Site of Scientific Interest. During the winter it becomes the perfect habitat for wildfowl including pintails, teal, shovelers, tufted ducks, pochards, wigeons, goldeneyes and great crested grebes and little grebes. Tufted ducks, pochards, goldeneyes, great grebes and little grebes are among the diving birds that visitors are likely to see during peak floods. Regular visitors also include Bewick's swans and white-fronted geese. There is a small breeding population of mallards, lapwings, snipe, curlews and redshanks. Other breeding species include redstarts, grasshopper warblers, sedge warblers, yellow wagtails and reed buntings. The meadows are also used as a feeding ground by many migrant birds: snipe are the most common and whimbrels, green sandpipers, greenshanks and ruff may also be seen.  In some winters up to 4,000 fieldfares may be present and peregrine falcons and hobbies may be seen, these birds being attracted by the small birds.

Please note that there is no public access to Ashleworth Ham Nature Reserve because it is a sensitive site for breeding birds. There are viewing screens and a bird hide along the roadside that allow you to take in the wonderful views without disturbing the birds. The viewing screen is reached down an earth bank with a linear gradient of 26% over a 4-5 metre distance. There are a variety of viewing heights from the screen. The access to the bird hide is via a short flight of steps with handrails. The step width is 1.2m and the path to the hide narrows to 500mm from the top of the steps. If you need to check the current conditions before making your visit please contact Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust on 01452 383333 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

 

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)