Welsh Newton Common

Overview
The Common is an isolated area in South Herefordshire near to the Gwent border. It is at a height of 264 metres consisting of woodland and narrow green lanes with cottages. There are several well-established ponds that provide important wildlife habitats, and streams that rise from springs and wet flushes on the hill and tend to dry up in the summer months. Quarrying for stone in the past has left its mark on the common land, providing a distinctive landscape of hillocks and hollows now cloaked in woodland. The unimproved grassland fields surrounding the common are mainly small and bounded by hedges. Dry stone walls, adding another element to the local landscape, bound some fields and properties. There are a number of mature standard beeches and sweet chestnut trees that are important landscape features.

Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 511 175
Sat Nav/Post Code: NP25 5RT

Vehicular access: Approach either off the minor road between Welsh Newton and Llangrove or via the A466 Wormelow to Monmouth road and park near the Post Office.

Access by foot: Public access along green lanes and footpaths and also along the minor road on which the Post Office is located to view Yew Tree and Hazel Woods.

Other facilities: No facilities are available in the immediate locality, however the Royal Arms in Llangrove: http://llangrove.org.uk/the-royal-arms.html is nearby.

Maps:
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL14, Landranger Map 162
OS Map View (1:25,000)

What to see:
Resident Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Song and Mistle Thrushes, Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, Peregrine, Raven, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Yellow Hammer.
Winter Fieldfare, Redwing, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Crossbill and Brambling.
Summer Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Tree Pipit, Lesser Spotted Flycatcher and Redstart.
Resources:
http://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjNfNzA3OA== – is a 7 mile circular walk from Monmouth to Welsh Newton Common and back to Monmouth.
Nearby sites:
Buckholt Woods, Garway Hill and Great Doward/ R.Wye.