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Crews Hill Wood

A fabulous small ancient woodland

Strolling beneath the canopy of this outstanding ancient woodland reveals a surprising mix of species.  Alongside the oaks are ash, beech, small-leaved lime, wild service, hornbeam and a scatter of old yew trees.  Some have grown from coppice stools, some are the result of natural regeneration.

Tucked away in the east of the wood are old, gnarled, lime pollards which once formed part of a boundary hedge.  The varied understorey includes field maple, hawthorn and hazel.

The dense ground flora is rich in ancient woodland plants like bluebell, dog’s mercury and woodruff with a magnificent selection of fungi including several species of earthstar.

A nationally rare beetle, Lycoperdina hovistac, was recorded in 1997 and more than 50 moth species can be found here including Blomer’s rivulet, a nationally rare species.

The gentle management of this small (7 hectares) woodland has resulted in a diversity of plants and animals that will delight visitors.

The Trust is very grateful to Mrs Johnson who bequeathed this beautiful woodland to the Trust in 1997.

Nearby nature reserves

Blackhouse Wood
1 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
The Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve
1 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Aileshurst Coppice
3 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
The reserve is reached via the A44 Worcester to Leominster, near Suckley
Malvern
Worcestershire
Map reference
SO 734 531
Best time to visit
Mar - Jun
Sep - Nov
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
7.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Parking
Parking for 1 or 2 cars in a cleared area on northern tip of wood
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Dominique Cragg
Tel: 01905 754919
dom@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org