A 'ridge-and-furrow' meadow with a spectacular show of orchids
This meadow is an historic remnant of neutral grassland that has been managed as a traditional hay meadow for over a century. Ridge-and-furrow earthworks (remnants of ploughing from the Middle Ages) are still visible, and many different fine grasses are found, including sweet vernal-grass, red fescue, quaking-grass and yellow oat-grass. Cowslips with their apricot-scented yellow-orange flowers are abundant from March to May. A spectacular show of green-winged orchids appears in late April and May. Other plants include bee and common spotted-orchids, ox-eye daisy, adder's-tongue fern and pepper-saxifrage.
The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.
Species and habitats
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.