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Hunthouse Wood

This is a dingle woodland reserve containing a rich mixture of broad leaved trees, ferns & mosses

This reserve consists of the three small woodlands of Hunthouse, Winricks and Brockhill.  Together they cover about half of Dumbleton Dingle Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) just south of Mamble on the north side of the Teme Valley.

The woodland is a rich mixture of oak, ash, wych elm, gigantic old cherries and rowans along with both small- and large-leaved lime and many others.  The reserve is intersected by a steep sided stream valley.  We’ve managed the site since 1976 and have more recently acquired a long strip of farmland around the woodland.  These have been fenced and the woodland shrubs allowed to naturally regenerate the former farmland.  This provides a buffer between the wood and surrounding farmland, creating ‘edge habitats’ which are valuable for a range of wildlife.

Parts of the reserve are amongst the most impenetrable and undisturbed woods in the county, making for a rich and varied wildlife.  Other parts are more open with sunny glades, grasslands and butterflies including silver-washed fritillaries.

Several side streams cut into the carboniferous coal seams; in places outcrops of limestone, sandstone and coal can be seen.  Part of the reserve was once worked by the adjacent Hunthouse Colliery.  Some of the tramways that were created for coal extraction are still apparent despite the colliery being abandoned for many years.  When the trees are bare in winter you can also see the old engine sites and tips amongst the shrubs and trees.

The valley is damp with abundant ferns and mosses as well as streamside plants such as golden saxifrage, small teasel and giant horsetail.

Nearby nature reserves

Pennels Bank Wood
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Hanley Dingle
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
The Betts Reserve
4 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Off Clows Top to Frith Common road
Nr Bewdley
DY14 9HZ
Map reference
SO 701 706
Great for...
getting away from it all
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Dawn to dusk
29.00 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Living Landscape schemes
Teme Valley

No wheelchair access.
Walking information
Paths on difficult terrain, muddy and slippery underfoot when wet. Circular route has been cut through the wood; please follow it as steep slopes and small cliffs by stream are dangerous.
Limited roadside parking on the adjacent roadside verge.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Dominique Cragg
Tel: 01905 754919