We have a number of reserves in the Woolhope Dome and our very knowledgeable reserve wardens will lead a walk around some of these sites and share their knowledge of the area.
The walk will start at Wessington Pasture in the Woolhope Dome, a reserve with a mixture of woodland and pasture. The pasture contains a number of interesting plants including dwarf thistle and adders tongue ferns. On leaving the reserve the route will make its way through Seige wood and Mabley wood to Common Hill.
Common Hill reserve consists of 6 enclosures of old cider-fruit orchards and wildflower meadows (150+ species) previously occupied as meagre small-holdings. Now best known for its Orchids (4 species) Adder’s Tongue Ferns and Wood White butterflies.
A stop for lunch at Common Hill and an opportunity for those who wish to to return to their cars.
After lunch the route takes you on Nupend via the Wye Valley Way. Nupend wood is ancient semi-natural woodland with a canopy largely dominated by oak and ash. In July marbled whites and silver-washed fritillaries may be seen on the lower slopes.
The walk then returns to Wessington Pasture and the cars.
This walk is open to Herefordshire Wildlife Trust members only. For more details on joining the Trust go to: https://www.herefordshirewt.org/join