With its kingfishers and wild pigs, the forests in Gloucestershire are perfect for nature safaris 

How do you fancy wild swimming around Usk or in the River Wye?

Explore the rich heritage of the Forest of Dean and maybe get a glimpe of the wild boar

The wild pigs were once native here, before being hunted to extinction. But then, 10-15 years ago, they were reintroduced by an anonymous breeder who released a few into the woods. As prolific breeders with no natural predators, the boars quickly multiplied and today there are an impressive 1,500 of them. Deep into the forest, imagine the words and rhythm of Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, and maybe you'll hear snuffling and grunting and the sound of twigs snapping under trotters.   

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