Ancient grazing meadows with wildflowers galore

Location

Upwood Village
near Ramsey
Cambridgeshire
near Ramsey
A static map of Upwood Meadows

Know before you go

Size
6 hectares

Parking information

There is a small car park at the entrance

Grazing animals

Grazed during summer and autumn

Walking trails

The reserve can be muddy and occasionally flooded in wet weather

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

Designated a National Nature Reserve for its floristic diversity, Upwood is awash with life. The greatest display is in Bentley meadow where medieval ridge-and-furrow and the many ant hills provide differing microhabitats for plants and invertebrates. Here plants including cowslip, green-winged orchid, saw-wort, dropwort, sulphur clover and Dyer's greenweed provide summer-long colour and nectar sources for bees and butterflies.

The surrounding mature hedgerows and veteran trees provide nesting habitats for many birds including Turtle Dove,Blackcap and Whitethroat and food for winter visitors such as Fieldfare and Redwing. Dew ponds dug in each field originally for watering livestock, are now breeding grounds for Great Crested Newts, dragonflies and damselflies.  

Further information on the history of Upwood Meadows, by kind permission of Huntingdonshire Fauna and Flora Society, is available in the downloads box below right.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

National Nature Reserve (NNR)