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Wyre Forest, Bewdley

Categories: Forests, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
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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  • Whether you want to go for a run, walk, cycle ride then the Wyre Forest is a good day out. The many tracks are well maintained and sign posted to ensure you don't get lost. There is also a Go Ape here...  read more »
  • Our eldest loves the Stick Man Trail at The Wyre Forest. He disappointed that he isnt old enough for Go Ape yet. Its a great place for all the family. 
  • I live near the forest and often take a walk there - many routes available suiting all abilities. Wheelchairs, prams, buggies can all use the forest if you stick to the gravel pathways ... these are e...  read more »
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