Forest of Dean

The ancient Forest of Dean has a rich heritage and we shall visit a number of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust reserves on this day trip organised by Malvern local group.

• Lancaut, which is one of the few sites in the British Isles where natural transitions from saltmarsh to valley woodland occur and is a SSSI site. In the morning we shall have a guided walk with the GWT warden (“not a reserve to be missed”, he says!). It comprises cliffs, mixed woodland and saltmarsh, so there are some steep paths. A wealth of wild flowers and birds are also found in the reserve.

• Time permitting, we plan to visit The Park and Poor’s Allotment nature reserves in the afternoon. Both sites are excellent examples of acid grassland and heathland which, over the years, have allowed a wide range of fascinating wildlife to flourish. We shall have an early evening meal (menu choices will have been pre-booked), at The Rising Sun, Parkend (not included in the cost) followed by:

• a visit to Woorgreens, a noted reserve for dragonflies and nightjars. Alan Baxter, a keen birder, will be with us. We also hope to hear wood warbler, see roding woodcock and the famous wild boars.

Depart from Malvern Splash, Priory Rd, Malvern WR14 3D 9.15am. Late evening return.
Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for whatever the weather. Wear long sleeves in the evening and bring insect repellent.
£13 per person + supper. Suitable for 18+ years.
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