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Clifford Common

A grassland reserve with potential as an otter refuge

River Wye adjacent to Clifford Common


The chief interest of this grassland reserve lies in its potential as an otter refuge, together with the four main habitats found here: the river itself rich in invertebrates; the tree-lined river bank; the flood-plain with its mixture of damp-loving plants such as tansy and hemlock; and the mixed deciduous woodland on the steep bank frequented by woodland birds. The path leading from the reserve entrance partly follows the remains of an old horse-drawn tramway from Hay-on-Wye, constructed about 1818 as an embankment along the eastern edge of the common.


Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Cwm Byddog
2 miles - Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
Brilley Green Dingle
2 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Upper Welson Marsh
4 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Clifford Common
Map reference
SO 245 459
Great for...
a family day out
getting away from it all
spring migrant birds
Best time to visit
May - Aug
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3.70 hectares

Walking information
The river bank is subject to continuous erosion and is unsafe at certain times of the year. Contact the trust for further information
Dogs under effective control
Reserve manager
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01432 356872