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Chettisham Meadow

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.

Nearby nature reserves

Roswell Pits
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Ouse Washes
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Doghouse Grove
7 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

Location
Chettisham 2 miles from
Ely
Cambridgeshire
Map reference
TL 540 830
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
0.70 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Walking information
Long walk on rough track to entrance of reserve
Parking
Park in Chettisham village near the church, limited roadside parking. Walk past the Church and turn left, follow byway across busy A10. After another 400m take left track at junction with a wooden finger post pointing the way. Chettisham Meadow is 200m on left.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500
cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org