Ownership: Forest Enterprise

Designation: SSSI, SAC, Ramsar

Restrictions: Open Access Land, please keep dogs on a lead.

Access: Morden Road B3075

Grid ref: SY 92335 90411

The Reserve

East Gore is 5.6 hectares of dry heath located just north east of our Great Ovens reserve. Hidden within Gore Heath plantation East Gore’s habitats mirror that of its larger neighbour Great Ovens. Mainly dry heath with some humid heath areas and a small pond, the south and western edges of the reserve are dominated by pine plantation. East Gore has all six native reptile species.

Species you might spot:


Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis)  

Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara

Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis

Grass Snake (Natrix natrix

Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca)

Adder (Vipera berus


Common Toad (Bufo bufo

Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus

Common Frog (Rana temporaria)


Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)

Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)

Hobby (Falco subbutteo)


Southern Hawker (Aeshna cynea)

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)

This is by no means a comprehensive list of species on the reserve.