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The bottom of the track reaches the River Wye which is still tidal as far as Tintern and was at a very low tide on this day.


04 November 2008

The team are starting on the small shrub clearance either side of the track

Further down this track was evidence of the old quarry workings and discarded ironworks.


Lancaut/Ban-Y-Gor Wood GWT Reserve

Grid Ref ST539966

This was our first visit to Lancaut and Ban-Y-Gor Wood and we were led by Kevin Caster who is the Forest of Dean Nature Reserves Manager for
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. He had already done a great deal of work by clearing many fallen trees and our task was to widen the track which led from the top of the hill down to the River Wye and, thus, provide a more open aspect for the wild flowers.

Lancaut woodland is marvellous, with oak, ash, field maple and yew. But it also contains small-leaved lime and wild service tree which are found only in ancient woodland, and many rare whitebeams. When sycamore seeds itself in, it is removed as part of the regular management. There is a luxuriant growth of ferns, and the ground flowers include a fine spring display of primrose, bluebell, dog violet, wood anemone and early purple orchid as well as less common woodland plants such as green hellebore and bird’s-nest orchid. There is also a wealth of wild flowers growing on the rock faces and ledges - hairy violet, red valerian and others. The saltmarsh sports sea aster, sea milkwort and buck’s-horn plantain. In all, 350 or so plants have been found growing in the reserve. Sparrowhawk, cormorant, shelduck, wood warbler, lapwing and goldcrest are among the wide range of birdlife. Herring gull and raven nest on the cliff faces. Ban-y-Gor wood faces north and is therefore darker, cooler and damper. The tree canopy here contains some huge old coppice stools. A rare hybrid between Rowan and Whitebeam also occurs. Ground flora includes foxglove, slender St. John's Wort, wood sage and maidenhair spleenwort. Dormice are found in this wood and it is also ideal for mosses and liverworts.

Track widening



We believe this is an Oyster Fungus (pleurotus ostreatus), a fairly common fungus found on many trees including beech and birch.

Unless you know better..............................!


River Wye







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