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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.

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