A to Z of the DeanWye: W is for…


Small village just north of Lydney.  Dean Forest Railway is a 4.5 mile line which runs through woodland and countryside.  Five stations along the way including Whitecroft.  There is an annual ‘Whitecroft Wellie which is local music festival – there is a paint a wellie competition.  The venue is at the Miners Arms famous for jazz and music nights, good food and you may have seen ithe Miners Arms on BBC Two’s Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial.

Wild Boar

Wild boar became extinct in England at least 300 years ago. In recent years, however, small populations of feral wild boar have become established again as a result of escapes and deliberate releases from wild boar farms.

The Forest of Dean population is the largest of the breeding populations that now exist in England. The original population established in woodlands near Ross-on-Wye after escaping from a wild boar farm in the area during the 1990’s. However, in 2004 a group of around 60-farm reared wild boar were dumped in an illegal release near the village of Staunton on the western edge of the Forest above the Wye Valley. By 2009 it was clear that the two populations had merged and a breeding population was thriving in the Forest.

Forest of Dean & Wye Valley
Forest of Dean & Wye Valley

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