The site consists of a stretch of the derelict Severn and Thames Canal, flood meadows and woodland.

Location

Two miles east of Chalford
Chalford
A static map of Sapperton Valley

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

This reserve is part of the Golden Valley Wildlife Way.

Access

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Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to June, January to December

About the reserve


The Sapperton Valley is considered to be an important wetland area, situated between the River Frome and the canal. There are a series of flood meadows and this area is damp, generally undisturbed and overgrown, supporting wildlife. A diversity of habitats are thus concentrated in a relatively small area and range from ancient woodland to wetland. The trees along the canal include pedunculate oak, ash, crack willow and field maple. The area is colonised with common reed, reed sweet-grass and the more open areas support marsh-marigold, yellow water-lily, water dock and gipsywort. meadowsweet and great willowherb flourish. There is also common valerian, purple-loosestrife, common marsh-bedstraw, yellow iris, ragged robin and marsh woundwort. Woodland flowers such as primrose, bluebell, yellow archangel and bugle thrive in a small wood near the tunnel entrance and under the towpath hedgerows.  This wetland area supports a variety of fungi, liverworts and mosses and the reserve is rich in bird life and recorded are moorhen, mallard, nuthatch, grey wagtail, marsh tit and blackcap.  There are good populations recorded of the common frog and common toad. Bats feed and roost in the area. Fallow deer are visitors to the reserve as is the fox. Molluscs found include the uncommon land winkle and Rolph's door snail.   

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333