Know before you go
Reserve paths of grass; mostly even. Steep steps and stile at entrance to reserve
No wheelchair access
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to August
About the reserve
This site has never been ploughed, and as a result retains much of the wildlife that has lived here for centuries. We manage it as a traditional meadow, harvesting hay in late summer followed by grazing. The varied flora attracts a wide range of insects. The most frequently recorded butterflies are orange tip, peacock, small tortoiseshell, meadow brown and ringlet, and the red-headed cardinal beetle is just one of 48 species of beetle known to live here.
The wildflowers include great burnet, pepper-saxifrage and pignut. In summer betony shows an impressive display of colour, along with the purple-blue of devil’s-bit scabious. We have collected the seeds of wildflowers here to sow at other meadows as part of the Coronation Meadows scheme. Hedgelaying on a rotation maintains a bushy barrier for the meadow, and provides a home for many birds such as finches and blackcap and other warblers.