A woodland with a chequered history that has been improved over recent years

Location

Wessington Wood & Pasture
Woolhope
Herefordshire

OS Map Reference

SO 603 353
A static map of Wessington Wood & Pasture

Know before you go

Size
11 hectares

Grazing animals

The pasture is sometimes grazed by livestock

Walking trails

In autumn and winter, the woodland areas stay muddy so strong shoes/boots are advised. Take care when walking near the pond as there are several large deep holes which can be hidden by rank vegetation in the summer months.

Access

Terrain can be very difficult and visitors are advised to take care. There is not wheelchair access on this reserve.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

The site contains a number of important features: derelict woodland containing some very large ancient Hazel trees and a good mix of typical understorey shrubs like Spindle, Blackthorn and Sweet Briar, a few ancient perry pear trees at the top of the glade, dead Elm trees, together with some regenerating Elm and areas of semi-improved pasture flanking the glade valley. This pasture is somewhat impoverished due to a chequered history but contains a number of interesting plants, including Dwarf Thistle, Adder's Tongue, and Autumn Ladies Tresses, as well as a varied selection of typical meadow butterflies. Wessington Wood & Pasture is part of the Woolhope Dome Living Landscape - click here for more information.

Contact us

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01432 356872