Coombes Valley

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A 260 acre ancient woodland with flower rich grasslands.

Coombes Valley is predominantly ancient broadleaved woodland with some areas of species rich grassland. The woodland is dominated by oak with birch, rowan, holly, ash and hazel. Alder occurs in the more waterlogged parts of the reserve, along the stream and in localised wet flushes.

The reserve has a good range of woodland birds including great spotted, lesser spotted and green woodpecker, sparrowhawk, nuthatch and treecreeper. The woodland is particularly notable for its populations of redstart, pied flycatcher and wood warbler.

The meadows and pastures are rich in wild flowers which provide a good nectar source for butterflies and other insects.

Get closer to the wildlife by dropping in at the bird hide located by a small pond in the woodland.

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Popularity rank: #4467
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Staffordshire, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
Variants:
Ballfields, Ferny Hill

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From the A523 Leek-Ashbourne road follow the brown tourist signs for RSPB Coombes Valley about 2.5 miles from Leek.

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Never closes

Prices:

Free

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