Water seen through dark silhouettes of trees, low sun behind

Clifford Common and the River Wye

A riverside common, grading into scrub and woodland along part of the route of an old tramway.


Clifford Common

OS Map Reference

SO 245 459
A static map of Clifford Common

Know before you go

4 hectares

Walking trails

The river bank is subject to continuous erosion and is unsafe at certain times of the year. Contact the trust for further information


There is no wheelchair access at this reserve.


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open daily, dawn to dusk

Best time to visit

May to August

About the reserve

  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.  

Slow-worms, grass-snake, toads and small mammals have been recorded on the reserve in recent years and a range of butterflies such as comma, common blue, meadow browns and speckled wood will frequent the warm, open glades in the summer, feeding on bramble and angelica.

Contact us

Lewis Goldwater
Contact number: 01432 356872

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Wildflower meadow of yellow and white flowers with tall hedgerow in background and hills beyond

Davies Meadow Nature Reserve (Paul Lloyd)

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