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Knowles Coppice

A small woodland in the heart of the Wyre Forest with the added interest of an old wildflower meadow by the Dowles Brook

In the heart of the Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve lies Knowles Coppice; a mature sessile oak woodland, a small meadow and a short stretch of the Dowles Brook.

The main block of woodland is situated on a small plateau of acidic soils with a further long strip on steep streamside banks.  The small meadow has more basic soils that have been deposited by the brook.

Along with the oaks, the wood also contains birch, holly, wild service trees and planted larch.  Cowslips, devil’s-bit scabious, common valerian and wood club-rush grow in the meadows.  The damp sides of the brook are home to ferns and mosses whilst there’s a chance you may see dippers, grey wagtails and kingfishers on the brook itself.

With the disappearance of commercial coppicing, the wood has changed much in the last few decades but it remains a beautiful place and an area of remarkable ecological importance.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Woodland
Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Raven, Cuckoo, Wood Warbler, Dipper

Nearby nature reserves

Button Oak meadow
1 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust
The Betts Reserve
3 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
The Devil's Spittleful & Rifle Range and Blackstone Farm Fields
3 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Dry Mill Lane, just outside of Bewdley
Map reference
SO 763 765
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Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Dawn to dusk. Permissive paths through grassland are closed during flowering period March to September.
7.50 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

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Walking information
From carpark walk along stoned track of old railway line. Reserve on right after 1 mile. Steep path and steps on the reserve. Will be slippery and muddy when wet.
Small car park on left near bottom of Dry Mill Lane before the old railway bridge and route of the old railway line (Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve Dry Mill Lane sign in car park).
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Cattle in meadow
Reserve manager
Andy Harris
Tel: 01905 754919


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