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Nagshead is a nature reserve in the heart of the Forest of Dean jointly managed by Forestry England and the RSPB.
More than half of the reserve is oak woodland that was planted nearly 200 years ago. Originally intended to provide naval timber, this woodland is now managed solely for its conservation and landscape value. The rest of the reserve is made up of conifer woodland, scrub, open areas, ponds and streams.
The woodland is beautiful all year round, but for birdwatching, Nagshead is at its best in spring. Wander along the trails looking for pied flycatchers and watch the sky for buzzards. In winter, look for flocks of crossbills and hawfinches.
The Nature Reserve has two wildlife hides as well as two waymarked trails which can all be found near the visitor centre. A daily bulletin board lets you know which species of birds, and other wildlife, may be seen in the locality. The reserve and hides are open at all times. The visitor centre is manned by volunteers and is not open all year round.
Information for dog owners
Dogs are only allowed on footpaths under the strictest control and on leads during the bird breeding season (spring and summer).
- Picnic site
- Free Parking
- Dogs Accepted - Dogs are only allowed on footpaths under the strictest control and on leads during the bird breeding season.
- Public toilets - Only open open 10 am - 4 pm at weekends only between Easter and August bank holidays inclusive
- School Trips