Ashleworth Ham Nature Reserve

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Ashleworth Ham

Ashleworth Ham

Ashleworth Ham (grid reference SO833263) is a 104.73-hectare (258.8-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is a large area of grassland on the Severn floodplain, north of Ashleworth in Gloucestershire, England. It is registered as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and was notified in 1974 and renotified in 1985. Ashleworth Ham received this designation because it is one of three sites in the Severn Vale where migratory waterfowl winter.
The site is fen, marsh, swamp lowland, open water ditches, neutral grassland and hedges divide many of the fields.
Access to the reserve is prohibited in winter, but the birds may be viewed from hides in Meerend Thicket. The Thicket is a steep wooded bank and indicates the former much higher boundary of the Severn. In addition, some parts of the Ham are of special botanical interest.Meerend Thicket is listed in the ‘Tewkesbury Borough Local Plan to 2011’, adopted March 2006, Appendix 3 'Nature Conservation',' as a Key Wildlife Site (KWS) wikipedia.
Over winter months it becomes the perfect habitat for wildfowl including pintail, teal, shoveler, tufted duck, pochard, wigeon, goldeneye and great crested and little grebes.

Tufted duck, pochard, goldeneye, great and little grebe are amongst the diving birds at peak floods. Regular visitors also include Bewick's swan and white-fronted geese. There is a small breeding population of mallard, lapwing, snipe, curlew and redshank. Other breeding species include common redstart, grasshopper warbler, sedge warbler, yellow wagtail pictured and reed bunting. The meadows are also used as a feeding ground by many migrants. Snipe are the most common but whimbrel, green sandpiper, greenshank and ruff may be seen. In some winters up to 4,000 fieldfare may be present and peregrine falcon and hobby may be seen, these birds being attracted by the small birds.

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