Although primarily of interest to bird-spotters, the two well marked trails (1 mile and 2.5 miles) at RSPB Nagshead nature reserve provide enjoyable and relaxing walks which anyone can enjoy. Situated less than a mile from the Fountain Inn, they can be easily reached on foot.
More than half of the reserve is oak woodland, planted nearly 200 years ago, and originally intended to provide naval timber. More recently, the Forestry Commission provided nest boxes at Nagshead, in the hope that Pied Flycatchers would control Oak Leaf Roller Moths, which were defoliating trees. These boxes have been continually monitored since 1948, making it the world's longest running bird breeding programme.
The woodland is now managed by the RSPB, in partnership with the Forestry Commission, solely for its conservation and landscape value. The reserve is open all year round and facilities include a visitor centre (open from 10am to 5pm at weekends during the summer), free car park, two viewing hides, two way-marked walks, a picnic area and information boards.
Wrens, Buzzards, Redstarts, Pied flycatchers, and Crossbills are frequent visitors to the reserve, but fortunate visitors may also spot Nuthatches, Great spotted woodpeckers, Redwings, Woodcocks and Wood Warblers.
Click the tabs above for a trail map, latest weather conditions and photographs. The map is accurate but should not be relied upon for precise directions. We recommend you use the official route leaflet, available free of charge, from Nagshead visitor centre.
Parkend has three other places of significant interest to bird-spotters; The woods around Parkend Church are a favourite haunt of Hawfinches, the brook running behind the Fountain Lodge is often used by Dippers and New Fancy viewpoint, on the NE edge of the village, is well known for Goshawks.
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