Ancient woodland site with a small arable field with a long history of non-cultivation

Location

Woodside
Whitchurch
Herefordshire

OS Map Reference

SO 555 157
A static map of Woodside

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Walking trails

There is a clearly defined, unsurfaced path running through the wooded part of the reserve. Grassland area is quite small and the site is a sensitive one so visitors are asked to please keep to the paths. Gate is locked when stock are grazing

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

This area consists of an ancient woodland with a small arable field on the south side. Interesting plants such as cow-wheat, wild madder and bitter vetch occur. The most interesting feature of the reserve is the former arable field that contains a rich calcareous flora. It also supports an unusual variety of insect life. Ant mounds dot the pasture and provide evidence of the long history of non-cultivation. Woodside is part of The Doward Living Landscape - click here for more information.  

Contact us

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01432 356872

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)