Drostre Wood

Reserve Information


The wood is located beside the lane that runs between Llechfaen and Llanfilo. It is on the corner where a short side turn in front of The Gables leads to Upper Drostre Farm and Maesygarn. There are no formal parking facilities and visitors must take care not to obstruct the lane or gateways.

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2.5 hectares

Walking Information

The reserve is an open access reserve, you are allowed to visit the reserve on foot for your quiet enjoyment of the wildlife present. There is a waymarked circular trail around the wood along unsurfaced trails. The site can be wet at all times of year.


The trails are unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Geology Trail


Park at the site entrance.


Dogs must be on a lead.

Grazing Animals


Factsheets and Guides for Your Visit

Drostre Wood stitchworts

Drostre Wood is a small mixed deciduous woodland containing oak and birch. Below the canopy of the tallest trees there is a wide range of smaller tree species including aspen, elder, yew, hawthorn, blackthorn and rowan, with shrubs such as holly and honeysuckle.

Wood Anemone

juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker

What to look out for

The floor of the wood is dominated by mosses but in areas where this vegetation is less dense, species such as yellow archangel, herb robert, wood-sorrel, and bluebell can be seen. Alongside a small stream that runs across the reserve from west to east just inside the northern boundary, there are wetter areas with a variety of rush species, willows and opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage.

Dead wood, whether as standing trees or rotting on the woodland floor, is a valuable feature. It is a habitat for large numbers of fungi including the birch polypore and scarlet elf cup. It is relied upon by invertebrates, such as the lesser stag beetle, for nesting, hibernation and food.

Birch polypore

Species and habitats

Lowland Mixed Deciduous Woodland, Rivers and Streams
Amethyst Deceiver, Ash, Aspen, Bank Vole, Beech, Blackbird, Blackthorn, Blue Tit, Bluebell, Bramble, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Creeping Buttercup, Downy Birch, Elder, English / Pedunculate Oak, Fieldfare, Goat Willow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Hawthorn, Hazel, Herb Robert, Holly, Honeysuckle, House Sparrow, Ivy, Jackdaw, Lesser Stag Beetle, Long-tailed Tit, Lords-and-Ladies, Magpie, Male-fern, Meadow Brown, Nuthatch, Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage, Polypody, Raven, Robin, Rook, Rosebay Willowherb, Rowan, Sessile Oak, Silver Birch, Speckled Wood, Sycamore, Treecreeper, Wood Anemone, Wood Avens, Wood-sorrel, Woodcock, Wren, Yellow Archangel, Yew

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