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Shepreth L Moor

Unploughed grassland, an important refuge for many species

This L-shaped area of grassland is a mosaic of wet hollows and drier chalky areas created when the site was dug over for coprolites. A combination of scrub areas, a chalk stream and pollarded willows along the boundaries, has lead to the rich diversity of flowers and insects that makes the site so special.

The Moor was given to the cottagers of Shepreth in 1823 to graze their livestock. The old footpaths and many ant hills indicate the area has been unploughed for centuries, providing enjoyment for generations of local people. Where rabbits have nibbled the turf short there are mats of wild thyme and delicate blue harebell. You'll see purple swathes of bugle, at their peak in May, on either side of the railway line, and plants such as devil's-bit scabious, fen bedstraw, sedges and rushes grow in the wetter areas.

 

The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

Trumpington Meadows
6 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Fox Covert
6 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Hardwick Wood
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
5 miles from
Royston
Cambridgeshire
Map reference
TL 385 475
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
7.30 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Walking information
Narrow bridges from road to access site. Rough grass paths in meadow
Parking
Park in layby opposite the central entrance of reserve
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500
cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org