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Nagshead is one of the best places for wildlife in the UK.

Top things to do in Spring

  1. Admire carpets of bluebells along the woodland trails
  2. See pied flycatchers and other migrants arrive, filling the woods with birdsong
  3. Can you spot frogs breeding in the ponds with thousands of tadpoles?

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Listen to the nightjars 'churring' at dusk, and sometimes displaying woodcocks
  2. Walk the shady nature trail to avoid the summer heat
  3. See the hundreds of orchids flowering in the hay meadows

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. See the different fungi fruiting both on deadwood and on the woodland floor
  2. Hear the roaring of the fallow deer in rut
  3. See newly-arrived redwings feeding on the holly berries

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Look for flocks of siskins and lesser redpolls feeding on the alder trees around ponds and along the Cannop Brook
  2. Hear and - if you're lucky - see elusive hawfinches flying above the canopy
  3. Check out the viewpoints across the Forest of Dean by walking the long trail

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  • Spotted Flycatcher at Nagshead
  • johnboy
  • Great Grey Shrike
  • Taken at Serridge Ridge
  • Common Crossbill -male
  • Buzzard
  • Spotted flycatcher,late leaving?
  • Lesser spotted?

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Map of Nagshead

Map of Nagshead

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Date: 1 December 2010


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