Shepreth L Moor credit. Mark Ricketts

Shepreth L Moor

Unploughed grassland, an important refuge for many species

Location

between Shepreth and Meldreth
Cambridgeshire

OS Map Reference

TL 385 475
A static map of Shepreth L Moor

Know before you go

Size
7 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park in layby on Meldreth Road

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Narrow bridges from road to access site. Rough grass paths in meadow

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

spring and summer

About the reserve

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.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)