Ancient and semi-natural woodland and fast flowing stream
THIS IS A delightful little reserve on a steep slope edged by a stream. As far as birds are concerned, the site is famed for its rookery so find out how the terms ‘Parliament of Rooks, Building of Rooks and Clamour of Rooks’ came about! There are few access paths and the reserve itself is relatively small, so a longer walk is suggested, with some open areas and a return by the side of the River Wye. If you are not able to park in the small layby (see Site Guide) it might be best to park at Bredwardine and complete the river walk first. Enjoy a range of birds in woodland, open areas and riverside, plus there’s the possibility of Red Kite and also Buzzard. Wern Wood is probably an ancient woodland site and now has Hazel, Hawthorn, Holly, willow and Elder, with Ash and ancient oak trees in the upper area. There are many optional tracks to explore, depending on how much time you have, and it’s worth taking a compass, as there are no specific paths in the woods. However, the River Wye is on the east side of the walk so, providing you can see it, you shouldn’t get lost!