ancient Forest of Dean is one of the few remaining Royal forests in England.
was created by the Normans as a hunting forest to provide food for the king's
winter court at Gloucester.
Ancient woodlands are great places to watch wildlife
especially birds and mammals such as deer and wild boar.
- Get out and about in spring woodlands for birds
of prey, badger watching and wild walks.
of Dean - Visitor Guide
of Dean and Symonds Yat, near Coleford, Wye Valley, Gloucestershire.
info centre - 01594 812388|
fax - 01452 812330
map: ||Multi map of Forest
If you want to see some of the shyer wildlife, keep your dog on a lead because
they do like to chase other animals.
kit:||Camouflage clothing for nature
watching. Walking shoes. Binoculars for woodland birds.|
Bird watching - RSPB
telescopes at Symonds Yat for Peregrine Falcons.
Mammals - Deer,
Wild Boar, Badgers.
Wildflowers - spring Bluebells and Wild Garlic.
forest is managed by the Forestry Commission.
access guide available|
Car - the Forest of Dean
is located in west Gloucestershire, close to the border with Wales and is within
easy driving distance of the M4 (M48), M5 and M50 motorways.
- the Forest of Dean is served by Lydney, Chepstow and Gloucester railway stations.
Bus - contact Coleford Tourist Information Centre on 01594 812388
or call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608.
Parking - fee at some Forestry
Commission sites including Symonds Yat Rock, Beechenhurst and Mallards Pike.
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