Ownership: Forest Enterprise

Designation: SSSI, SAC, SPA,Ramsar

Restrictions: Open Access Land please keep dogs on a lead

Access: Sugar Hill

Gred ref: SY 87832 91043

The Reserve

South West Hyde is 14 hectares of dry heath restoration from pine plantation. The reserves dry sandy soils and ridge - and - furrow micro- topography make this reserve perfect for a large population of sand lizards. Newly extended to the west the reserves habitat changes to more humid heath and scrub. The reserve as a whole is home to all six native species of reptile.

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


Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata)

Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)

Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)

Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)

Hobby (Falco subbutteo)

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