The forest of Dean has some beautiful secluded spots where you can disconnect and really enjoy nature.
There are several lakes, streams and the terrain can be quite hilly, but the forest in the early hours is stunning and peaceful.
It is one of the few places in the UK where one can view wild boar in their natural habitat. After they were hunted to extinction hundreds of years ago, a new population has emerged in recent years after individuals were reintroduced either by design or by accident. Now there is now a large population of nearly 1.5k in the area. Some individuals in the area are far from shy and approach dog walkers, and raid bins in local villages!
The pro’s and cons of their reintroduction, detailed biology and and behaviour can be read about here.
Tracking the boar can be done by looking for any soft ground and spotting foot prints, and listening for their distinct grunts.
With patience, and a little luck you may be rewarded with a sighting.
A tiring day, but worth the effort.