Prees Heath East rose

Stuart Edmunds

Prees Heath East

Prees Heath East was purchased for Shropshire Wildlife Trust by local landowner John Baker, who was keen to protect this important heathland.

Location

Hospital Lane
Prees
Shropshire
SY13 4BP

OS Map Reference

SJ 56311 38235
A static map of Prees Heath East

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Parking information

Park in layby on Hospital Lane

Access

A sign marks the entrance on to the reserve. It can be located opposite the parking layby.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

All year

Best time to visit

Summer

About the reserve

Prees Heath East is an extension of the nationally important Prees Heath Common, which is owned and managed by Butterfly Conservation for the Silver-studded blue butterfly and was considered the last site in the West Midlands to find them. The extension has been purchased to act as a satellite site for the butterfly, supplying additional suitable habitat for them to thrive in. 

Before the purchase, the site was used as an off-road biking trail , which caused erosion and degraded the condition of the site for butterflies. The plan now is to reduce the dominance of the bracken cover and to try to establish heather cut from Prees Heath which will further benefit the Silver-studded blues.

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