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The Betts Reserve

This tiny part of the important Wyre Forest consists mainly of oak, hazel coppice, alder and ash.

The wood is managed carefully to maintain a mix of high forest, coppice and open glades for birds and small mammals, including dormice.  Visitors to The Betts may be rewarded with glimpses of nutchatches, great and lesser spotted woodpeckers and summer warblers.  There are many bird boxes to encourage hole-nesting birds (including owls), bats and even dormice.

The Lem Brook, a tributary of Dowles Brook, is used by dippers, grey wagtails and kingfishers.  Visitors should also keep a lookout for brimstone, holly blue, red admiral and speckled wood butterflies throughout summer.

The reserve was purchased in 1983 and named in the memory of the late John Betts, a founder member of the Trust.

Nearby nature reserves

Button Oak meadow
2 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Knowles Coppice
3 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Hunthouse Wood
4 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Between east bank of Lem Brook & minor road leading from Far Forest to Kinlet
DY14 8NR
Map reference
SO 722 764
Great for...
getting away from it all
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Dawn to dusk
2.30 hectares

Steep slopes; no wheelchair access.
Walking information
Paths on difficult terrain. Public footpath runs through woodland and will be slippery underfoot when wet.
Limited car parking by roadside
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Andy Harris
Tel: 01905 754919