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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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  • Went last week and it was full of families with young children wanting to let off steam in the fresh air - on the trail of The Gruffalo! Superb facility for us all with a nice cafe to boot.  more »
  • What a beautiful to walk or run with the whole family, friends or on your own. There is wheelchair access to places. A good cafe to grab a bit or a cuppa. If you are adventurous there is Go Ape.  more »
  • I used to walk here with my dog many years ago so brought back fond memories. There are a few tracks you can take and if you know where you're going you can get off the tracks and you won't meet anyon...  more »