You won’t find a better spot for a wildlife-filled woodland walk than Consall Woods. Set in a steep-sided valley with the River Churnet running through, it’s a picturesque spot where you can see both woodland and wetland birds. In spring, birdsong fills the air as Blackbirds and Wrens lend their calls to the dawn chorus. Be sure to listen out for Great Spotted Woodpeckers, the drummers of the group. In late spring and early summer, Flycatchers and Redstarts arrive.
Down by the river in autumn, patient watchers may be rewarded by a glimpse of Dippers and Grey Wagtails. And, in winter, keep your eyes peeled for Willow Tits and Marsh Tits by the pools.
The beauty of Consall Woods is its variety and that’s what we work to safeguard at the reserve. We carefully manage the site for the benefit of all the wildlife that calls it home. Consall Woods is a mosaic of mature trees and scrub, made up of trees of all species, ages and sizes. We preserve this mixture, ensuring the ideal balance for biodiversity. We also tend the grassland meadows, keeping them full of flowers by using grazing with old breeds of cattle and traditional hay-making methods.
Stretching over 479 acres, there’s so much to explore at Consall Wood. You’ll find a range of trails to suit different abilities, with conveniently-located benches so you can stop and rest or have a snack while taking in views across the valley.