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Dolforwyn Woods

A mixed woodland bursting with wildlife

There has been woodland on this hillside for centuries. Unfortunately much of the native wood was cut down to make way for plantation. Lucky for Dolforwyn, this plantation took the form of a great variety of tree species so that, with the remaining pockets of unplanted ancient woodland, there is still much of interest to wildlife here.

Dolforwyn Woods today is an interesting mixed woodland supporting a range of woodland plants, including good numbers of the uncommon Herb Paris. Declining woodland birds, such as Pied Flycatcher and Wood Warbler, breed here and a good population of dormice call the place home.



Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust have been managing this woodland since 2009, but in Autumn 2014, we were in real danger of loosing the site. Thanks to the unbelievable generosity of our supporters, we were able to purchase the woodland in March 2015, securing the site for people and wildlife. To find out more about this great appeal, click here.

Best time to visit
The wood is filled with flowers and birdsong in the Spring, whilst the autumn lures you with bountiful fungi and spectacular colours!


Seasonal checklist

Pied Flycatcher Jay Nuthatch Woodcock
Redstart Treecreeper Rowan  
Wood Warbler Silver-washed Fritillary Field Maple  
Bluebell   Common Puffball  
Herb Paris   Turkeytail  


Nearby nature reserves

Red House
1 miles - Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Llanmerewig Glebe
2 miles - Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Pwll Penarth
2 miles - Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

behind Dolforwyn Hall Hotel
SY15 6JG
Map reference
SO 158 957
Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
stunning views
Best time to visit
Apr - Jun
Sep - Oct
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Opening Times
Open at all times
28.10 hectares

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Walking information
Site criss-crossed by paths, some narrow, steep & uneven, others more gently sloping forestry tracks.
Small car park at the lower reserve entrance
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01938 555654