Know before you go
Well-defined paths through the meadow, some areas become very muddy in winter
Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to September
About the reserve
Last century the River Ise was re-directed through a straightened, deeper channel that dried out the site and reduced the diversity of plant life. After several attempts the original channel along the reserve's southern boundary was reinstated in 2012 allowing the water to flow through the old channel once more.
In summer, the reserve is alive with insects; butterflies and damselflies are the most distinctive. The red-eyed damselfly emerges from the water around mid-May and its flight season lasts until mid-August.You may see the adults resting on floating vegetation.
The grassland contains a diverse mix of wildflowers, including cuckooflower, which is a food source for the orange-tip butterfly. Lady's bedstraw adds a splash of yellow from July to August and pignut can also be seen. This is the food plant of the chimney sweeper moth, a small day-flying, black moth with white tips to its wings.