Walford Pools

Overview

Walford Pools is a site comprised of three irrigation reservoirs connected to the nearby Coughton Marsh wet woodland reserve managed by HWT. The reservoirs attract an array of resident waterfowl species and are the best place in the south of Herefordshire for seeing passage waders in the spring and autumn. The surrounding farmland is well wooded with good amounts of fallow land making it a good site for farmland species as well as raptors.

Directions, parking, access times and other facilities:

Map reference: SO 587213

Sat Nav/Post Code: HR9 5SA (For layby on B4234)

Vehicular and footpath access: The best way of accessing the pools is by parking at the layby in front of Walford School on the B4234, then crossing the road to the public footpath gate to the right of Alder Close. Follow the path across the field to the first gate then turn left, following the path through to the next field. The first and largest pool will be on your left and there is a public right of way to walk around this lake. Walking past this lake through a second gate you come to the two other lakes on either side. The right-hand lake does not have public access but is clearly viewable from the path.

Other facilities: There are no facilities available at the site however the site is just 10 minutes drive from Ross on Wye town centre. There are also nearby public houses at Bishopswood, Goodrich and cafés at Flanesford Priory (check opening details at http://flanesford.com/hen-dot-cafe-2020/) by Kerne Bridge and at Goodrich Castle (for opening times see http://www.wyedeantourism.co.uk/discover/Eat/t-1920%7C/i-3808-Goodrich_Castle_Cafe ).

Maps: OS Explorer 189 & Landranger 162
OS Map View (1:25,000)

What to see:
Resident Mallard, Tufted Duck, Mandarin Duck, Goosander, Moorhen, Coot, Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cormorant, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Stock Dove, Jackdaw, Rook, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, Buzzard, Peregrine
Winter Wigeon, Fieldfare, Redwing, Snipe (can be seen feeding round pool margins)
Summer House Martin, Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, Hobby (occasionally)
 Spring/autumn Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Curlew (attempted to breed spring 2020) Osprey (one sighting in both 2019 and 2020)
 
Resources:
https://www.herefordshirewt.org/nature-reserves/coughton-marsh  Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Reserve
Nearby sites:
Coppett Hill; Wilton, River Wye; Hartleton Lakes