A grassland reserve with potential as an otter refuge


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 at all times

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.  

Contact us

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01432 356872

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)