This large forest is designated as a Forest Nature Reserve, much of it being a SSSI and several areas are managed as National Nature Reserves, which include the meadows we will be making for in the valley of the Dowles Brook.
Meet at 11am at the Hawkbatch car park (GR SO 762776 sheet 138) to the north of the B4194 approximately 2 miles north west of Bewdley. Unfortunately the car park is on the opposite side of the road to the forest, so special care will be needed for the first part of our walk along and across this busy road. Some of the forest paths are rough and steep, so stout footwear is recommended.
We will be taking our lunch with us. The walk down to the meadows (SO 756767) is over a mile so be prepared for both hot and wet conditions. The meadows do not have public access, but I have been advised that we should be OK going into them, therefore please have consideration for the flora and fauna, especially if they are hay meadows.
Target Species: Silver-washed Fritillary and other woodland and grassland species.
Contact: Geof Adams 01455 282641