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Grove Hill

A mixture of habitats, rich in wildflowers

One of the largest arenas of semi-natural limestone grassland in the county, this rural reserve forms a checkerboard of habitats with large areas of grass, scrub, woodland and ponds.

Lying on a steep scarp slope Grove Hill is abundant with wild privet, dogwood and buckthorn, with dog-rose and traveller’s joy scrambling throughout.

A medley of flowers including cowslip, wild strawberry and common gromwell can be seen with smaller plants like hairy violet, fairy flax and longstalked crane’s-bill. Beautiful orchids growing here including common spotted-orchid, pyramidal and bee orchids.

Insects flourish, particularly butterflies including grizzled skipper, brown argus, marbled white, small copper and the striking brimstone. Nationally scarce bees, flies and beetles have been recorded, along with the ruddy carpet moth.

One of the two ponds, excavated in 1996, sits towards the north end of the rough grassland and emperor and southern hawker dragonflies and the dazzling azure and common blue damselflies flit above it.

Birds are equally diverse with woodpeckers, buzzard, sparrowhawk, tawny owl and woodcock. Summer visitors include turtle dove and many species of migrant warbler.


What is there to do here?

  • Enjoy the panoramic view of Oversley Wood
  • Tread quietly and you might see muntjac or roe deer foraging for food
  • Listen for turtle doves visiting in summertime

Nearby nature reserves

River Arrow
3 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Windmill Hill
5 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Welcombe Hills
6 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

2.5 miles south-east of Alcester on the road between Exhall and Ardens Grafton
Ardens Grafton
B49 6DU
Map reference
SP 112 547
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13.20 hectares

Very steep slopes in parts, soft in patches
Limited parking available opposite reserve entrance, do not park in gateway
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912 from reserve pages