Knowles Coppice

Knowles Coppice

7.5ha
Permit required for meadow
Dog on a lead
Volunteer Group
A small woodland in the heart of the Wyre Forest.

Location

Dry Mill Lane
Bewdley
Worcestershire
DY12 2LX (nearest)
A static map of Knowles Coppice

Know before you go

Size
8 hectares

Parking information

Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve Dry Mill Lane car park

Grazing animals

Cattle in meadow

Walking trails

There are numerous trails in the Wyre Forest. If parking in the Dry Mill Lane car park, a walk along the disused railway line, down the footpath  through Knowles Coppice and returning along Dry Mill Lane next to the Dowles Brook is a good short route. 

Access

From car park walk c1m along stoned track of old railway line - reserve on right. Steep path and steps on the reserve; will be slippery and muddy when wet. One ladder-stile. There is no access to the meadow.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Dawn to dusk.

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

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.  Along with the oaks, the wood also contains birch, holly, wild service trees and planted larch. 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.

The small meadow has more basic soils that have been deposited by the brook; cowslips, devil’s-bit scabious, common valerian and wood club-rush grow here.  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.

Please note that there is no access to the meadow.  Cycling is not allowed anywhere on the nature reserve.

Contact us

Andy Harris
Contact number: 01905 754919

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map