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Lancaut & Ban-Y-Gor Wood Nature Reserve

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.

Highlights: 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. Dormice are found in this wood and it is also ideal for mosses and liverworts. Location and access: Take the B4228 heading north from Chepstow, for St Briavels and beyond. Half a mile north of Woodcroft, Lancaut Lane is signposted to the left. You can park about 250 yards along the lane. The steep access path into Lancaut wood is 150 yards further on, on the left. A public footpath runs through the wood from the remains of Lancaut Chapel to below Pen Moel, returning via Offa’s Dyke footpath along the cliff top. To minimise erosion, visitors are asked to keep away from the river-bank. For Ban-y-Gor wood there is one main path running from the western end of the reserve down to the riverbank.

Grid reference: ST536967

These maps are intended as a guideline only; you must check the exact location of the reserve yourself. Wildlife Extra assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or usefulness of the information on this website.


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