Lea & Paget's Wood - Herefordshire Nature Reserve

 During our recent visit to Common Hill Nature Reserve on 24th April, we took a small detour to Lea & Paget's Wood. This nature reserve, in the care of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, is described as "one of the finest, ancient, semi-natural broad-leaved woodlands in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty".

At this time of year, it is always worth a visit for the bluebells...

Bluebells in Lea & Paget's Wood #1

which were here...

Bluebells in Lea & Paget's Wood #2


Bluebells in Lea & Paget's Wood #3

and everywhere (but not up there!)...

Bluebells in Lea & Paget's Wood #4

Photography doesn't catch the beauty and intensity of a carpet of bluebells so for good measure here is a close-up of English bluebells...

Bluebells in Lea & Paget's Wood #5

There were quite a few trees down and there are always signs up notifying visitors of ongoing forestry work...

Fallen tree- Lea & Paget's Wood

One such fallen log was decorated with King Alfred Cakes, an inedible fungi but a good firelighter. 

And finally, one of the specialities of Lea & Paget's: Herb-paris, a distinctive plant of wet and ancient woodlands situated on chalky soils and sometimes spotted among the bluebells...

Herb-paris, Lea & Paget's Wood

Flora (flowering):

  • Bluebell
  • Herb-paris
  • Dog's Mercury (male & female)
  • Celandine
  • Dandelion
  • Wood Anemone
  • Early Purple Orchid
  • Stitchwort
  • Wood Spurge
  • Yellow Archangel
  • Cuckooflower
  • Cuckoo Pint
  • Dog Violet
  • White Deadnettle

  • Holly Blue butterfly
  • Speckled Wood butterfly
  • Brimstone butterfly
  • Orange-tip butterfly
  • Buzzard,
  • Blackbird
  • Robin
  • Blue Tit
  • Chiffchaff
  • Goldcrest
  • Wren
  • White-tailed bumblebee
  • Large Red damselfly


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