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Wyre Forest, Bewdley

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Wyre Forest is a large, semi-natural woodland and forest measuring which straddles the borders of Worcestershire and Shropshire, England.Natural historyThe forest covers an area in local terms of 2,634 hectares, or on the larger scale and is noted for its variety of wildlife. Although now the Wyre Forest has been much deforested, it still extends from east of the A442 at Shatterford, north of Kidderminster in the east, almost to Cleobury Mortimer in the west and from Upper Arley in the north to Areley Kings, near Stourport in the south. It is one of the largest remaining ancient woodlands in Britain. The Forestry Commission looks after around half of today's forest. Around two-thirds of the forest has been designated as SSSI, while a further fifth is listed as a National Nature Reserve. The Dowles Brook flows through the heart of the forest, and the A456 road also runs through the southern edge of the woodland.It is one of the largest areas of semi-natural woodland in the UK. Wildlife species to be found in the forest include hawfinch, fallow deer, dipper, common crossbill, pied flycatcher, redstart, and long-eared owl among many other woodland birds and plants. The small but colourful moth Oecophora bractella has one of its few English populations here, and does not seem to occur much farther northwards.
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  • We came here for the Gruffalo trail, parking is £3 for up to 4 hours which was plenty. We have kids 4 and 6 years they loved the trail it took around 45 minutes and we got some great photos. After we ...  more »
  • Looking for something to do wth your little ones who love The Gruffalo. Then try the trail at the Wyre Forest but make sure you download the free app before you go. The trail does not cost anything bu...  more »
  • Well organised routes with 'family friendly' walking & mountain bike trails. Good marking of routes & Go Ape in the middle of it all! Not a place to go if you want peace and tranquillity! Bike hire av...  more »