Holywell Dingle

A narrow, steep-sided wooded valley

Location

Holywell Dingle
Eardisley
Herefordshire
HR5 3HB

OS Map Reference

SO 311 512
A static map of Holywell Dingle

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Parking information

There is room for several cars in the lay-by off the A4111.

Grazing animals

None

Walking trails

Some parts near the stream can be wet and muddy, so waterproof footwear is advised. The northern part of the reserve is very steep-sided in places, and there are precipitous drops into the stream-bed.

Access

There are no surfaced paths and no wheelchair access at this reserve.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Dawn to dusk

Best time to visit

All times of year

About the reserve

The reserve occupies a narrow, steep-sided, wooded valley and is dominated by Oak and Ash. There is some evidence that the entire wood was clear felled in the 18th century, after which it was managed as Oak coppice. The ground flora in the Dingle is very rich and contains a variety of species indicative of ancient woodland e.g., yellow archangel, Herb Paris and early purple orchid. In springtime, the woodland floor makes a fine tapestry of colour as Lesser Celandines, Wood Anemones and then Bluebells come into bloom. There are at least 8 species of fern present and a wide variety of mosses and liverworts.

The Dingle attracts a good variety of bird species and the well-oxygenated, pollution-free waters of the brook support a variety of aquatic life.

Contact us

Lewis Goldwater
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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