Pound Green Common
Know before you go
Parking informationNo parking available. We recommend combining visiting this reserve with other parts of the Wyre Forest and making use of the public car parks on the Button Oak road or in Bewdley.
There are numerous trails and amenities in the Wyre Forest.
Open Access land. You can help wildlife by keeping to the main tracks and public rights of way.
When to visit
Opening timesDawn to dusk
Best time to visitAugust to October
About the reserve
This is the only remaining area of former medieval common land associated with the historic area of the Wyre Forest and forms a small but important part of the wider Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Visitors will find a transition between high forest and open acid grassland, scrub and wet flushes. As such, it provides suitable habitat for many uncommon species of plant, animal and invertebrates.
Worcestershire has lost most of its heathland and Pound Green's geology provides a different environment from the more sandy heathlands around the Kidderminster area. To restore the common we have grazing cattle and aim to mimic the subsistence agriculture that kept the common open in the past.
The common was used by Edgar Chance in his 1920s survey and filming of cuckoos. For the first time he showed that the female birds lay their eggs directly into the hosts' nest (at Pound Green Common this is meadow pipits). Sadly, numbers of both cuckoo and meadow pipits have since declined.