Wood Anemone (c) Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Semi-improved grassland with various botanical species present

Location

Coughton
Coughton
A static map of Purland Chase

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Grazing animals

The reserve is often grazed during the winter

Walking trails

The wood lies on a slope and there are, as yet, no marked paths so movement within the wood is not easy. Please keep to the edge of the meadow during the summer hay growth period.

Access

Please contact us regarding wheelchair accessibility. 

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring and Summer

About the reserve

The meadow consists of semi-improved grassland. The herbaceous flora is generally impoverished but future management aims to restore this situation. The woodland area of the reserve forms part of the much larger Chase Wood. There has been little human intervention here in the last fifty years. The whole area has been coppiced in the past and there are some impressive Sweet Chestnut stools, supporting up to eight well-grown trunks. One or two small Yews and Crab apples are also found. Bluebells, Wood Anemones, Dog's Mercury and various ferns are present in the field layer and indicate that this wood has had ancient origins. There is a small overgrown quarry within the wood, which supplied stone for the original nineteenth century house and garden walls.  

Contact us

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01432 356872