|Haugh Wood is a mixed woodland of nearly 350 hectares (850 acres) managed by the Forestry Commission. Though there is little water or wetland habitat, a total of 95 bird species have been reported at Haugh Wood, including the elusive Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. It is also a nationally important site for butterflies and moths with over 600 species reported, and hence designated as a SSSI. The name Haugh, pronounced “hoff” is derived from the name of a Saxon owner, which indicates that this is the site of an ancient wood.|
|Directions, parking, access times and other facilities|
|Open daily during daylight hours. No fee.
Map reference: SO 593 365 (car park) Sat Nav/Post Code: HR1 4LW (car park)
Vehicular access: From Mordiford Village, turn off the B4224 either just before or just after The Moon Inn depending on your travelling direction, signposted Haugh Wood and Woolhope. Travel for 1 mile until you reach the car park on the left. If coming from Woolhope, head west from the Crown Inn towards The Forge, turn right onto The Forge, continue onto Martins Cl for 1.3 miles to Car Park on right.
Access by foot: Public access to 3 trails from the car park which are mainly hard forest tracks with gentle slopes, and include a number of information boards. Access to a 4th track requires crossing over the road opposite the car park.
Picnic tables are sited in the car parking area.
Other facilities: There are no facilities on site, but The Moon Inn, Mordiford village www.mooninnmordiford.co.uk is open daily. In Woolhope The Crown Inn crowninnwoolhope.co.uk is open from 12 noon daily, and The Butchers Arms www.butchersarmswoolhope.com open from 11:30 except Mondays.
Maps: Ordnance Survey Landranger Sheet 149 and Explorer Sheet 189.
|What to see
|Resident||Bullfinch, Buzzard, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (if lucky!), Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Raven, Treecreeper, Wren and other typical woodland species|
|Winter||Brambling, Common Crossbill, Fieldfare, Lesser Redpoll, Linnet, Redwing, Siskin and other resident species|
|Summer||Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, House Martin, Swallow, Tree Pipit, Wood Warbler and other resident species|
|Spring/autumn||Redstart, Song Thrush, Willow Warbler, Woodcock, Spotted Flycatcher
For details of the Butterfly trail and species recorded see http://www.ukbms.org/sitefactsheet?siteId=2322
Joan’s Hill Farm Nature Reserve SO 590 376, at the northern edge of Haugh Wood is owned by Plantlife and is rich in wildflowers, particularly from late April to July https://www.plantlife.org.uk/application/files/9414/9193/0300/Joans_hill_walk_.pdf
|Holme Lacy, River Wye SO 567 347
Wessington Wood and Pasture Nature Reserve, HWT Reserve, HR1 4QJ
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