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Rhos Fiddle

Wet heath, good for dragonflies and bog plants

One of the quietest places in Shropshire, this heathland hilltop has a feeling of ancient wildness – a large surviving fragment that has retained its continuity with the past, in striking contrast to much of its surroundings, now vivid green agricultural pastures.

The pools and surrounding wet heath make this a good place for wading birds, particularly curlew and snipe. Dragonflies are plentiful too, including the black darter.

Find sphagnum mosses, cotton grass and bog asphodel in the wet bits; in April through to June look in the drier grassland for yellow mountain pansy, once a characteristic plant of many Shropshire’s hilltops but now scarce.

For those unable to walk the tussocky terrain, the big skies and something of the atmosphere of this beautiful place can be appreciated from the edge of the road.

 

Directions

Take the Crossways road out of Newcastle on Clun, fork left at Caldy Bank and carry on for 2 ¼ miles. Park on the grass on the left just before the second cattle grid.
 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Heathland

Nearby nature reserves

Lower Shortditch Turbary
2 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Mason's Bank
2 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Llanmerewig Glebe
5 miles - Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Rhos Fiddle
Newcastle on Clun
Shropshire
SY7 8QT
Map reference
SO 206 853
Best time to visit
Apr - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
75.21 hectares
Access
Yes

Terrain can be difficult, please contact the Trust for access information.
Walking information
For those unable to walk the tussocky terrain, the big skies and something of the atmosphere of this beautiful place can be appreciated just from the edge of the road.
Parking
Park on the grassland on the left near entrance
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01743 284280
enquiries@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk

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