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.


Accessed via forest road off the Parkend to Yorkley road, 1 driving mile east of Parkend
Forest of Dean
GL15 5HQ
A static map of Oakenhill

Know before you go

9 hectares

Grazing animals


Walking trails

A wide relatively even path runs around the nature reserve.


Uneven ground through much of the reserve, a good even Forestry Commission path runs around the reserve.


No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times


Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

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.  

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333