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Wessington Wood & Pasture

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

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.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Lea & Paget's Wood
1 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Common Hill
1 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Rudge End Quarry
1 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Wessington Wood & Pasture
Woolhope
Herefordshire
Map reference
SO 603 353
Great for...
a family day out
Insect spotting
ancient trees
birdwatching
butterflies
getting away from it all
reptiles
spring flowers
stunning views
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
11.30 hectares
Access
No

Terrain can be very difficult and visitors are advised to take care.
Walking information
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.
Parking
There is a small car park - drive through the gate from the road and along the track
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
The pasture is sometimes grazed by livestock
Reserve manager
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01432 356872
enquiries@herefordshirewt.co.uk