Places to see birds

Highnam Woods

Highnam Woods
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Highnam Woods was bought by the RSPB in 1987 mainly because it is a breeding site for Nightingales. It is also an important remnant of ancient woodland, once far more extensive in the Severn Vale.The Nightingale's breeding range in Britain is confined to the south and east of a line from the Severn to the Humber so the few breeding pairs in Highnam Woods are on the western edge of the range. The site is mainly managed to suit the particular needs of this species which is dense, low coppice regrowth up to severn to ten years old.
Other species are also catered for by the hands-on management. Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers can find invertebrate food on the fallen wood and nest in the larger trees. Marsh Tits, Bullfinches and Spotted Flycatches nest as do Woodcocks. Goshawks and Ravens can also be seen. This is also an important site for the scarce Upright Spurge.
There is a 2km nature trail but there are also more woodland paths for the more adventurous in approximately 300 acres (120ha).

The site is to be found off the A40 Gloucester to Ross-on-Wye road just west of the roundabout junction with the A48. There is a signpost "Highnam Woods" pointing to the car park at SO 778190. However, the car park is closed until further notice apart from guided events. Meanwhile visitors should park in the lay-by a short distance to the east. Local group guided walks can be found under "events". Other events are organised by the RSPB office in Parkend (01594 562852).