Intact, unspoilt ancient woodland and resident birds
THIS ANCIENT WOODLAND site provides nesting sites for woodpeckers, flycatchers, Nuthatches and others. This hill and the neighbouring Wrekin were laid a long time ago by volcanic lava on what is now the Shropshire Plain. The hills gradually settled and now are mostly covered in woodland. There are some old, disused quarries and there’s also a large pool, which was originally a reservoir, and a stream, so small numbers of wildfowl are likely here. There are several choices of walk as well with the Wrekin hillside a good choice for those with enough energy! However, the reserve has very steep climbs, so beware. Being a woodland, this is a good all year site, so there are damp places here and there on the slopes and lots of Bluebells in the spring. The oak trees here are well known for hosting lots of insects, the reason for a good variety of resident birds. There are one or two optional walks – the Wrekin hill is worth a visit, not only for the extensive views across Shropshire but for the possibilities of exciting birds, such as the Red Kite (pictured above)and Goshawk. So, this is an interesting and challenging walk with birds to give you an excuse to pause!