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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.

Associated Businesses

Forestry England

We look after the Forest for everyone...whether you’re a mountain biker or a lover of nature, a great day out awaits...35 Square miles of beautiful woodland to enjoy & explore on foot boke or horse.

Attraction in or near Coleford

Cannop Ponds

Picturesque ponds, home to lots of wildlife. Great picnic area and central for walks and cycle paths.

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Coleford

Cyril Hart Arboretum

An arboretum full of unusual and interesting trees in the heart of the Forest of Dean

Natural World in or near Cinderford

New Fancy

Formerly the site of the New Fancy coal mine, the old spoil heap now provides spectacular views across the Forest

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Cinderford


Woodland walks, picnic and permanent BBQ facilities are available and free to use

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Cinderford

Beechenhurst Lodge Vistor Centre

Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the forest, and is a great place to start your adventure. Discover the Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, shop and climbing tower.

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Coleford

Symonds Yat Rock

Internationally renowned viewpoint with fantastic views over the Wye Valley

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Coleford

Mallards Pike

Beautiful lake in the Forest of Dean, popular for walking, with lots of picnic benches, nearby cycle paths and a cafe and toilets on site

Picnic Sites and Viewpoints in or near Parkend