LIV­ING LAND­SCAPE

Country Living (UK) - - Travel -

The Wye Valley’s ancient wood­land and steep valley sides are home to a wide va­ri­ety of thriv­ing flora and fauna. The Wye Gorge, a Spe­cial Area of Con­ser­va­tion, is a pop­u­lar hang­out for bats, with the lesser horse­shoe and greater horse­shoe va­ri­eties en­joy­ing the tall hedgerows and unim­proved pas­tures. When un­der­tak­ing one of many walks, you’re likely to stum­ble across fal­low deer or, if you’re lucky, the more elu­sive roe, munt­jac or red deer. For well over 200 years, vis­i­tors to the Lower Wye Valley have been charmed by the di­ver­sity of wood­land. As well as ancient oaks, nar­row-lipped helle­borine and three types of scarce white­beam, rare ghost orchids have been spotted. Pere­grine fal­cons nest in the lime­stone cliffs of Cold­well Rocks, while the night­jar has ben­e­fited from heath­land restora­tion ini­tia­tives in Bea­con Hill, Broad Meend and Ti­den­ham Chase.

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