THIS IS AN interesting reserve in one of the big loops of the River Wye. It is a useful all-year site with a good range of birds, and also present are Dormice and Fallow Deer. There is some dry heath with Gorse and heather, a particularly large range of calcicole species, a range of butterflies and moths and there are yellow ants in the pasture. This is a lovely area and one could spend the whole day here, with plenty of optional tracks. The way down to the River Wye is steep but well worth the effort, and the track along the riverside adds greatly to the possibilities. The trees Combine with a trip to the nearby raptor watchpoint at Symonds Yat and plants vary, with oak and Beech predominant, but with plenty of undergrowth with Bramble and Gorse, encouraging Long-tailed Tit and Yellowhammer. The reserve itself is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and has been owned by the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust since 1966. The grassland area is quite fascinating with its many species of moth, butterfly and insect life, so this is a very interesting area. But then it’s down to the river – be careful on the way up and down, but the rewards can be great.