The area over and around the Malvern Hills includes a diverse range of habitats. The hills themselves vary significantly, with some favouring scrub and gorse while others are bracken covered. Further down the slopes, wooded areas provide for very different conditions. The multitude of springs and streams meandering down the lower slopes nourish wet habitats and at the foot of the hills, the Malvern Hills Trust own areas of flat common land with yet more different flora and fauna.


Many areas are accessable to walkers, as numerous public footpaths and bridleways criss-cross the region. This provides ample opportunity for casual walkers, nature lovers and strident hikers to see unusual wildlife, unspoilt habitats and strking views.

Details of different areas around the hills will be gradually updated here. You will be able to see information about the locations, details of the animals and plants which grow there and any up-to-date information on work or studies being carried out.  Refer to the map below for more information about the locations.

A. Park Wood on the lower western slopes of the Worcestershire Beacon

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The Malvern Hills

Mike Smart has captured the spirit of the Malvern Hills through his stunning photography.

With an introduction about the landscape that makes up the Hills, the majority of the book is page after page of beautiful images taken through the seasons. In particular, Mike has highlighted the flora and fauna of the countryside against the backdrop of stunning vistas from various vantage points. This book would make a great souvenir for visitors to the Malverns as well as a useful reference for those that live in the area.

For walkers and cyclists enjoying the hills, we also recommend this OS Explorer Map, showing detailed public footpaths, rights of way, and points of interest.