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Raptors on the rock

24 March to 8 September 2018

  • Binoculars and telescopes for hire
  • Staff on hand to help
  • Refreshments available
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Accessible site
  • Accessible toilets
Adult peregrine in flight

Image: Steve Round

A flash of grey and a puff of feathers - us peregrines just love showing you how quick we are.

At 400 feet above the River Wye, witness the action first-hand as we raise our family on Symonds Yat Rock, where we've bred since 1982.

When we're not around, there is still plenty to see - from goshawks and ravens floating on the thermals, deer grazing in the fields below, to nuthatches, bank voles and wood mice that feed right next to the viewpoint, so close you can almost touch them.

To make sure you don't miss a thing, get yourself to the free viewpoint and find out all about the amazing wildlife of the Forest of Dean.

When can you see us?

Friendly volunteers will be at the viewpoint daily between 10 am-4pm, weather permitting. Please note that we rely on our enthusiastic and dedicated team of volunteers to show visitors the amazing wildlife of Symonds Yat. Occasionally, due to circumstances outside our control, we will not be at the viewpoint at the times advertised.

How to find us

By car
The site is located on the B4432. Follow brown tourist signs to Symonds Yat Rock from Coleford in the Forest of Dean. Follow the 'peregrine viewing' signs, and the viewpoint is approximately 250 m from the car park (charges apply).

By bus
Buses run from Coleford Bus Station, stopping along the B4432, including Symonds Yat Rock car park. The viewpoint is well signposted from the car park. For further bus information contact Gloucestershire Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

What should I bring?

The site is exposed to the elements, so be prepared.

Still got some questions?

Telephone: South West Regional Office on 01392 432691.

This date has been brought to you with the help of Forestry Commission England.

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