Shepreth L Moor
Know before you go
Parking informationPark in layby on Meldreth Road
Narrow bridges from road to access site. Rough grass paths in meadow
Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitspring 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.