Places to see birds

New Fancy View, Forest of Dean

New Fancy View, Forest of Dean
Gavin Black

New Fancy View has been created atop the spoil heap from the New Fancy mine. It affords a 360 degree panoramic view over the tops of mostly coniferous forest. It is mainly visited in spring, particularly mild March mornings, preferably sunny, and perhaps with a light breeze. This is the best time and these the best conditions to see Goshawks displaying above the treetops where as many as eight can be seen at once. Buzzard and Raven sightings are also common here and eye level Crossbills and Siskins are a delight.
Wild Boar and Fallow Deer are often seen in the replanted area below the viewpoint and Great Grey Shrike occasionally. Adders are to be seen basking at the side of the main path up.
Turn off the B4226 Cinderford to Coleford road by Speech house in just over a mile, turn left into the car park at SO 629095. There is a steep, short climb to the viewpont.