Roman River Valley Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationParking available off New Cut and The Heath road
Footpaths through the woods and along the rivers edge
Can be muddy and slippery when wet, also with some slopes
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
Stroll alongside the meandering Roman River, where Water Voles and the occasional Otter can be seen diving and playing in its waters, as Dragonflies skim over the surface.
The river passes through ancient woodland, part of Needle Eye Wood, filled with Oaks, Hornbeam and old Yews. Below the trees Yellow Archangel and Moschatel flower, while woodland birds flit overhead with the occasional Nightingale.
The spring-fed marshes are home to rare plant species like the beautiful Small Teasel, with purple anthers pocking past its small white flowers and woolly spines, and an array of rich insect life.