Ashleworth Ham SSSI & Meerend Thicket
Ashleworth Ham lies in the floodplains of the Severn Vale and is part of a much larger SSSI. It floods easily, particularly over the winter, which makes it the perfect wetland for overwintering wildfowl. Although the actual reserve is accessed by permit only, there are viewing screens positioned along the roadside that allow you to view the wonderful views without disturbing the birds.
- Large numbers of wildfowl can usually be seen in winter, including up to 4000 widgeon, 1500 teal and 1000 mallard, along with smaller numbers of pintail and shoveler, tufted duck, pochard, goldeneye, great-crested and little grebe
- Bewick’s and whooper swans are known to visit
- Breeding populations of lapwing, snipe, curlew, redshank, redstart, grasshopper warbler, sedge warbler, yellow wagtail and reed bunting
- Over 150 plant species
How to get there
North – Take the B4211 then take the left hand turn on the B4213 towards Tirley.Go through the village and once out at the outskirts again turn right. Follow this road until you come to a junction, go straight over to Ham road.
South – Take the A417 towards Maisemore at Over roundabout. Follow this road to the fork in the road, take the right-hand B4211 and follow this road then take the left hand turn on the B4213 towards Tirley. Go through the village and once out at the outskirts again turn right. Follow this road until you come to a junction, go straight over to Ham road.
Parking for the reserve is on the right as you reach a small fenced thicket of trees. The rest of the reserve is on the left where there is an observation hide.
Car parking: Roadside layby with space for approx six cars. Layby surfacing is earth, which is heavily rutted in places and can be boggy in wet weather. There are no designated parking bays
Facilities: A roadside viewing screen and an elevated observation hide overlooking the flood meadows.The viewing screen access is down an earth bank with a linear gradient of 26% over a 4-5metre distance. There are a variety of viewing heights. The access to the observation hide is via a short flight of steps with formal handrails. The step width is 1.2m and the path to the hide narrows to 500mm from the top of the steps. Phone the Reserve Manager before