Damselfly

Richard Burkmar

A woodland site with many indicator species showing that this is an ancient site

Location

Wern Wood
Bredwardine
Herefordshire

OS Map Reference

SO 332 437
A static map of Wern Wood

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Walking trails

There are currently few access paths. In summer, plant growth at the base of the slope may hide the several small streams, flushed areas and ditches present. Movement along the upper slopes can be difficult and slippery in wet weather and may cause a brisk descent if care is not taken!

Access

There is no wheelchair access at this reserve.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

The wood lies on a slope bounded on the east by a stream running in a deeply-cut dingle. The upper woodland is predominantly young to mature Oak with some Ash, and there is a rookery of some 20 active nests at the southern end of the wood. Hazel, Hawthorn, Holly, Gean, Willow, Elm and Elder are present in the understorey. The presence of many indicator plant species, together with the shady aspect and difficult access for cultivation, all suggest that this is an ancient woodland site. Lime encrustation is found in the fast-flowing dingle stream, which has a varied invertebrate fauna, including stonefly and damselfly nymphs.

Contact us

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01432 356872