Nagshead RSPB and Cannop Ponds

West Midlands  >  United Kingdom

Mature oak woodland, conifers and ponds at the centre of the Forest of Dean.

Added* by Iain Crawford
Most recent update 30 July 2022


Nagshead has a mixture of habitats including woodland, ponds, glades and rides. Nagshead has good parking facilities, a visitor centre, hides and information boards. You can see fallow deer and wild boar. Woodland birds: Common Redstart, Tree Pipit, Eurasian Woodcock, Common Raven, Sparrowhawk, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher and 3 woodpecker species.Cannop has waterfowl such as Mandarin Duck and Tufted Duck, also White-throated Dipper downstream.



Equidistant from Hereford, Gloucester, Bristol and Newport. Turn off B4431, a half mile west of Parkend village. A rather uneven and dusty track to car park of Nagshead. Cannop is north of Parkend, the main car park is off Speech House road B4226, shortly east of the crossroads. Picnic tables, can be crowded in summer. Click on a P in the map to get directions to the parking of your choice.

For a circular walk head north from Nagshead, cross the road to Cannop, and return via cycle track.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Moors/heathland , Lake , Scattered trees and bushes , Reedbeds , River


Hilly , Flat , Wet

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Summer , Spring , Winter

Best time to visit



Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform



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