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Nagshead Nature Reserve

RSPB reserve managed in partnership with the Forestry Commission

Natural World in or near Parkend


More than half of the reserve is oak woodland that was planted nearly 200 years ago. Originally intended to provide naval timber, this woodland is now managed, in partnership with the Forestry Commission, solely for its conservation and landscape value. The rest of the reserve is made up of conifer woodland, scrub, open areas, ponds and streams. The woodland is beautiful all year round, but Nagshead is at its best in spring. Wander along the trails looking for pied flycatchers and watch the sky for buzzards. In winter, look for flocks of crossbills and hawfinches. The reserve and hides are open at all times. The visitor centre is open from 10am to 5pm at weekends during the summer.

The RSPB are always looking for volunteers who would like to help on the reserve. If you have a few hours to spare and are good with people, please contact the warden, tel: 01594 562852. Several events are also run locally throughout the year.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are only allowed on footpaths under the strictest control and on leads during the bird breeding season.

Opening Times

Reserve open at all times, year-round. Reception/information centre (with toilet facilities) open 10 am - 4 pm at weekends only between Easter and August bank holidays inclusive.


  • Natural World
  • Sights


GL15 4LA
O/S Ref: SO 606085

Enter your start address:

From Coleford, follow the B4431 towards Parkend. Just before Parkend village, the Reserve is signposted to the left, accessed along a forest road.

  • Coleford
  • Lydney
  • Parkend


Free but donations are welcome.