Know before you go
No access to reserve, but good viewing possible from the layby with binoculars. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitFebruary to May
About the reserve
This small woodland houses a large heronry of over 40 nests in the tops of the oak and ash trees. The herons arrive in February and often lay their eggs in the same nests year after year. By March/April the eggs hatch, and in the early morning and evenings the adult herons can be seen flying out to their fishing grounds and returning to feed their young. The best time to see the fledglings in the nest is April, before the leaves have opened on the trees. Most have left the heronry by June. You can watch live footage of the heron cam in Cleeve Nursery. Directions can be found here.