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Landscape & wildlife Please note - A new body, Natural Resources Wales has taken over all functions and services previously carried out by Countryside Council for Wales. While the Natural Resources Wales website continues to be developed, some online services will continue to be provided on this web site.

Upper Wye Gorge

The Upper Wye Gorge is of special interest for its Semi-natural broadleaved woodland. The Upper Wye Gorge is one of the most important areas for woodland nature conservation in Britain. The woods are a mixture of many stand types, which are believed to be similar in composition to the original natural woods of the valley. Many rare and local species are present, including some of the rarest native tree species (e.g. large-leaved lime, whitebeams), and trees close to the edge of their European range, e.g. hornbeam, beech.

Upper Wye Gorge SSSI aerial photo

© This orthophotography has been produced by COWI A/S from digital photography captured by them in 2006. Licensed by the Welsh Assembly Government's Department for Environment, Planning and Countryside.

Managing this site

The site is in the ownership of the Forestry Commission. The special features of this SSSI and CCW’s views about site management have been summarised in a Site Management Statement, addressed to the owners and managers of the land. The statement can be found in the resource section below.

Access information

The site is designated as CROW open access land. Lady Park Wood is also managed as a National Nature Reserve but is open to the public. For detailed maps and information regarding access visit our access map via the resource section below.

Other information

The site forms part of the River Wye/ Afon Gwy and Wye Valley Woodlands/ Coetiroedd Dyffryn Gwy Special Areas of Conservation. Afon is ‘river’ (afon) and Afon Gwy may mean ‘winding river’. The Welsh forms certainly support that view; but it may be a pre-Celtic name.




Access map

This is a link to Outdoor Wales on Line

Lady Park Wood National Nature Reserve

This is a link to Lady Park Wood National Nature Reserve page

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