RSPB Nagshead ReserveGloucester
Parkend
Gloucestershire
 

 

Nagshead is a 1,250 acres (510 ha) nature reserve in the Forest of Dean. More than half of the reserve is oak woodland that was planted nearly 200 years ago. Originally intended to provide naval timber, this woodland is now managed solely for its conservation and landscape value.

The Reserve is jointly run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Forestry Commission.

A unique feature of this lovely woodland is the fact that in 1942, nest boxes were erected, in the hope that Pied Flycatchers would control Oak Leafroller moth larvae, which were defoliating trees. These boxes have been continually monitored since 1948, making it the UK's longest-running bird breeding programme.

Special Scientific Interest Site
Part of the Reserve is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest with an abundance of wildlife and flora not seen in other areas. More than 30 different butterflies and 20 dragonflies and damselflies have been seen at Nagshead. 8 of Britain's 12 reptiles and amphibians breed at Nagshead:- Common Lizard, Slow Worm, Adder, Grass Snake, Common Frog, Common Toad, Smooth Newt and Palmate Newt.
 
Wild boar also roam Nagshead, but these are rarely seen. These creatures have been illegally dumped in the Forest of Dean and are not a welcome addition to the native fauna.
 
Birds commonly seen in the reserve are Wrens, Buzzards, Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers and Crossbills. Other permanent residents of the woodland are Nuthatches, Redwings, Woodcocks, Wood Warblers and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. There is nothing like walking through the woods and hearing the wonderful rat-a-tat-tat drill of a woodpecker at work.
 
Plan Your Visit
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Opening times
Open all year from dawn to dusk.
 
Admission Cost
Free but donations are always welcome.
 
Facilities
Visitor Centre with accessible unisex toilet has limited opening hours – 10:00 to 16:00 hours at weekends between Easter and September only.
 
Nearest alternative accessible unisex toilet facilities are at Parkend station.
Nearest baby changing at Norchard Steam Centre, 4 miles (6 km) away. Again limited opening times.
 
Trails
Open at all times
Information boards
Two viewing hides
Two-way marked walks. 
 
Picnic Area
No catering. Nearest refreshments, including hot food, in Parkend.
 
Disabled Access
Visitor Centre accessible (when open)
Lower Hide has ramp access.
Accessible toilets if Visitor Centre open
Picnic area is grass and not adapted for wheelchairs.
 
Dog Owners
Dogs are only allowed on footpaths under the strictest control and on leads during the bird breeding season.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1594 562852
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Getting There
- Public Transport:  There is no public transport to the Reserve.
Nearest mainline railway station is Lydney, 5 miles (8 km) away. 
 
Dean Forest Railway goes between Lydney-Parkend, 1 mile (1.5 km) away
Nearest bus stop at Parkend (restricted bus service), 1 mile (1.5 km) away.
No pavement (sidewalk) from Parkend
 
- Taxi:  Crystal Travel operate accessible taxis  Tel  +44 (0)1594 824 846
 
More detailed directions on RSPB website at:
 
- Parking:  15 space car park
 
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