Brockhall Gravel Pits
Brockhall Gravel Pits, or Stretton Sugwas Sand and Gravel Quarry as it used to be known, is one of Herefordshire’s premier wetland sites offering reasonable access to visitors. It is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall who have allowed access around the perimeter on a `Permissive Footpath basis` and permission has also been granted to an angling club which is to be confined to the deep water only (the eastern end). Water levels have receded over recent years and vegetation has increased, however it is still a magnet for good numbers of waterfowl and waders on passage.
Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 453 423
Sat Nav/Post Code: HR4 7QD
Vehicular access: There is no vehicular access onto the site, but cars can be parked on the layby at Sugwas Pool on the left hand side of the A438 travelling west.
Access by foot: Cross the road taking care, as it is often busy, and walk westward along the footpath, bear right onto a lane and take the footpath on RH side between two houses. Follow the footpath through some trees and two small gates which will bring you to the meadow with the gravel pits directly in front.
Other facilities: The nearest site for refreshments and toilet is Wyevale Garden Centre at Kings Acre SO 473 415 HR4 OSE also the village shop and takeway outlets at Credenhill village SO 448 432.
Ordnance Survey Landranger Sheet 149 and Pathfinder Series Sheet SO 44/54
OS Map View (1:25,000)
|What to see:|
|One of the most important sites in the County for passage waders and wildfowl.|
|Resident||Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, Mute Swan Canada Goose, Green Woodpecker, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Bullfinch|
|Winter||Occasional Pintail and Shoveler, Widgeon, Teal, Gadwall, occasional Pochard, Fieldfare, Redwing, Siskin, Redpoll, Goosander, Grey Heron, Lapwing and the first county records in 2012 for Great White Egret and in 2016 for Spoonbill|
|Summer||Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler|
|Spring/autumn||Little Gull often seen, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Ruff, occasional Greenshank, Whimbrel and Black-tailed Godwit and very rarely Temminck’s Stint and Red-necked Phalarope and occasional Black-necked Grebe|
|The Duchy of Cornwall contact details: New Barn, Dewsall, Hereford. HR2 8DA E-Mail DCurtis@duchyofcornwall.gov.uk|
|Kenchester Pools SO 442 425 and SO435 426, National Trust The Weir Gardens Kenchester HR4 7QF, HWT Wyevale Wood Breinton SO472 407|