Know before you go
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitJune to September
About the reserve
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.