An anthill covered meadow, home to a wide diversity of flowers and butterflies
Woodwalton Marsh is unimproved, neutral grassland with an unusual plant community for this part of Cambridgeshire. Its orientation and sheltered location make it a rich site for invertebrates. For such a small site, it contains many species. Spring and summer are the best time to visit to see plenty of flowers including cowslips, dropwort, pyramidal orchid and the nationally scarce sulphur clover. Several butterfly species have been recorded including comma, marbled white, ringlet and grizzled skipper. In early spring you can hear warblers, such as chiffchaff and whitethroat, singing in hedges as they defend their breeding territories. The many anthills and thick tor-grass provide habitat for common lizard.
Species and habitats
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
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