Moccas Hill Wood

Overview

This extensive hillside bordering the south of Moccas Park has been acquired by Natural England and the Woodland Trust and was opened to the public in 2016. It has spectacular views of the Golden Valley, the Black Mountains, and to the north across the river Wye. It also has archeological and historical features marked on an information board at the entrance. There are forest roads, woodland rides and a network of paths. A herd of cattle graze out of bird breeding season. The habitat comprises mixed woodland, Broom, Gorse and Fern. Young Beech, Oak, Horse and Spanish Chestnut trees (grown from seed from Moccas Park) have been and are continuing to be planted as an ongoing scheme. Rowan and Birch are also present.

Directions, parking, access times and other facilities

Map reference: SO 332424 (named as Woodbury Hill Wood on previous maps)

Sat Nav/Post Code: HR3 6AU

Vehicular Access: Up a steep road (Pentre Lane) between Bredwardine (B4352) and Dorstone Hill. The wood is signed along a fenced track across a field to a cattle grid. A car park on the right has space for 20 cars.

Access by foot: Public access along Herefordshire Trail to Arthur Stone ancient monument (at  SO 319412) and then 1 km along a minor road.

Other facilities: Refreshments and toilets are available at The Red Lion Hotel, Bredwardine http://www.redlion-hotel.com/ or The Pandy Inn, Dorstone (open evenings only) http://www.thepandyinn.co.uk/

Maps: Ordnance Survey Maps Explorer OL13 and Landranger 149.
OS Map View (1:25,000)

What to see:
Resident Buzzard, Red Kite, Raven, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker, Linnet, Chaffinch, Mistle Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Marsh Tit and Blackcap
Spring Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wheatear
 Summer Pied Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, Redstart, Whitethroat, Hobby and Stonechat
Of interest Brown Hare, Fallow Deer and Adders can be seen in this area
 Butterflies/moths Large Skipper, Humming Bird Hawk Moth, Painted Lady, Red Admiral and Peacock
 
Resources:
http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/5036455268712448  Moccas Hill Wood – Moccas Park National Nature Reserve, published by Natural England in November 2017.

Moccas: an English Deer Park. The history, wildlife and management of the first parkland National Nature Reserve.

Edited by Paul T. Harding and Tom Wall. Published by English Nature in 2000.

 

Nearby sites:
Merbach Hill, Vagar Hill, Winforton River Wye, Letton Lakes, The Sturts HWT Kinnersley.