Loamhole and Lydebrook Dingles
Loamhole and Lydebrook Dingles are two narrow connected valleys which sit within a very rich and varied landscape at upper Coalbrookdale. Much of the woodland associated with Lydebrook has been undisturbed for a long time, and has the feel of the original wildwood about it. Loamhole is an enchanting place with pockets of nearby hazel coppice, a spectacular hay meadow, and the remains of a historic deer park. Both dingles are very secluded places with a network of associated footpaths.
Lydebrook Dingle is of national conservation importance, primarily because it supports specialist insects associated with the stream that flows through the ancient woodland. Of particular importance is the rare cranefly Lipsothrix nigristigma, found in only a handful of sites in the UK (and nowhere else in the world). Its larvae feed on wet, rotten wood lying in fast-flowing streams.
To read more about Ropewalk Meadow and Sunniside Deer Park, follow the link.
For more detailed information you can also view the management plan for Loamhole Dingle or click here for the management plan for Lydebrook Dingle.
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