Soham Meadow

Jenny Smith

Soham Meadow

A traditional hay meadow exceptionally rich in wildflowers

Location

Soham
Ely
Cambridgeshire

OS Map Reference

TL 609 727
A static map of Soham Meadow

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

On A142, 3/4 of a mile north of roundabout junction with the A1123, park in layby on left

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Walk in on busy road verge; steep slope under bridge;rough ground in meadow

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

spring and summer

About the reserve

Lying on the side of the Soham Lode, this traditional hay meadow is exceptionally rich in wildflowers. The grassy sward includes many meadow species including sweet vernal-grass and red fescue, with cowslip and milkwort in the drier areas. Wetter areas support a mixture of grasses, sedges and rushes. Among these can be found marsh valerian, adder's-tongue fern, and pepper-saxifrage. Thick hedgerows border the meadow, providing valuable habitat for birds such as wintering flocks of redwing and fieldfare.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)