Exploring the Malvern Hills this Easter? Top tips for your visit

The Easter weekend is almost upon us.  If you're planning a visit to the Malvern Hills and Commons this Easter, here are some top tips on having a happy and safe visit and how you can help us to conserve this special landscape now and for future generations.

Put your litter in a bin

Litter is harmful to wildlife and grazing livestock and it spoils the environment for others.  If there are no bins available or the bins are full, please take your litter home with you.  Do not leave litter alongside a full bin as it can blow away and cause more harm.

Pick up after your dog

Bag up your dog's poo and put it in a bin.  If there is no bin available, please bag it and take it home.  Dog poo can cause illness in people, wildlife and livestock and can have a negative impact on sensitive flora found in the landscape.

Keep your dog under effective control

Keeping your dog under effective control means keeping your dog in sight at all times, being confident it will return on command, or kept on a lead.  The Hills and Commons are visited by walkers, horse riders and cyclists who may not want to be approached by your dog.

The Hills and Commons are grazed by cattle and sheep all year round.  Always put your dog on a lead near livestock, including within the temporary grazing compartments, to keep the animals safe.  The locations of the Trust's livestock grazing projects can be found using Stockwatch which is updated weekly.

Ground nesting birds can be found within the landscape and are particularly sensitive to disturbance by dogs.  Where you see the ground nesting bird signs, always keep you and your dog to the path to keep the birds and their offspring safe.

Leave the BBQ at home

BBQ's and fires present a huge risk that puts wildlife, visitors and livestock in danger.  They are not permitted anywhere on the Hills and Commons so please leave them at home.  Risk of wildfires increases with warmer, drier weather but even with recent weather, damage can be caused to vegetation by heat.

Leave the drone at home

Some of our most special wildlife can be easily disturbed.  Drones can look like predators to some birds so to stop disturbance to wildlife, livestock and other visitors, drones are not permitted on the Hills and Commons.  Please leave the drone at home.

Check your route before you visit

This landscape is bursting with wildlife and heritage.  Some of the species are sensitive   Footpaths and bridleways cross this landscape and provide access for different types of recreational activities and you can find out more checking public rights of way on Worcestershire County Council, Herefordshire County Council, Ordnance Survey maps or by getting one of our free maps and guides from the Malvern Tourist Information Centre or from one of our wardens.

Under our Acts which access across the landscape is granted to walkers (and those using mobility aids) and horse riders unless specifically signposted.

As in the wider countryside cyclists have access along bridleways and permissive cycle paths.  Please stick to the bridleways and don't create your own cycling trails or follow those off bridleways.

Park in designated areas

The Trust's car parks provide safe, dedicated places for starting adventures on the Hills and Commons.  Please park within these areas.  Do not park on the verges which puts people at risk and also damages these wildflower-rich wildlife areas.

Thank you for helping to look after this special place and enjoy your visit!