Great Burnet at Boddington Meadow NR

Great Burnet - Boddington Meadow NR - Alexandra Barnes

A rare fragment of meadow rich with wildflowers and butterflies; a real joy to visit


Boddington Road
NN11 6UD

OS Map Reference

SP 494 531
A static map of Boddington Meadow

Know before you go

2 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Reserve paths of grass; mostly even. Steep steps and stile at entrance to reserve


No wheelchair access


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to August

About the reserve

This site has never been ploughed, and as a result retains much of the wildlife that has lived here for centuries. We manage it as a traditional meadow, harvesting hay in late summer followed by grazing. The varied flora attracts a wide range of insects. The most frequently recorded butterflies are orange tip, peacock, small tortoiseshell, meadow brown and ringlet, and the red-headed cardinal beetle is just one of 48 species of beetle known to live here. 

The wildflowers include great burnet, pepper-saxifrage and pignut. In summer betony shows an impressive display of colour, along with the purple-blue of devil’s-bit scabious. We have collected the seeds of wildflowers here to sow at other meadows as part of the Coronation Meadows scheme. Hedgelaying on a rotation maintains a bushy barrier for the meadow, and provides a home for many birds such as finches and blackcap and other warblers.  

Scroll down to see the reserve boundary. Please note the boundary map is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Location map

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Betony at Upwood Meadows June  - c. Robert Enderby

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