Upwood Meadows

Upwood Meadows National Nature Reserve is a traditional meadow managed through conservation grazing and has one of the highest levels of floristic diversity in the county.

After an assessment of the usage during the current Covid-19 pandemic Upwood Meadows car park has now been closed. This is also the parking area for Lady’s wood. Foot access for local visitors to both reserves is still possible from the public footpath joining Helen’s Close housing estate in Upwood village, or from Great Raveley. 

Please read our access guidelines if you're visiting any of our Reserves, and ensure you are following the Government guidlines on social distancing.

RESERVE ACCESS GUIDELINES

Ancient grazing meadows with wildflowers galore

Location

Upwood Village
near Ramsey
Cambridgeshire
near Ramsey
A static map of Upwood Meadows

Know before you go

Size
6 hectares

Parking information

There is a small car park at the entrance

Grazing animals

Grazed during summer and autumn

Walking trails

The reserve can be muddy and occasionally flooded in wet weather

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring and Summer

About the reserve

Designated a National Nature Reserve for its floristic diversity, Upwood is awash with life. The greatest display is in Bentley meadow where medieval ridge-and-furrow and the many ant hills provide differing microhabitats for plants and invertebrates. Here plants including cowslip, green-winged orchid, saw-wort, dropwort, sulphur clover and Dyer's greenweed provide summer-long colour and nectar sources for bees and butterflies.

The surrounding mature hedgerows and veteran trees provide nesting habitats for many birds including Turtle Dove,Blackcap and Whitethroat and food for winter visitors such as Fieldfare and Redwing. Dew ponds dug in each field originally for watering livestock, are now breeding grounds for Great Crested Newts, dragonflies and damselflies.  

Further information on the history of Upwood Meadows, by kind permission of Huntingdonshire Fauna and Flora Society, is available to download below. A digital version of the Upwood Meadows leaflet is also available.  

Upwood Meadows Leaflet                 History of Upwood Meadows 

FOR ANY MEDIA ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM:   communicationsteam@wildlifebcn.org or 01954 713500 and ask for comms team.

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

National Nature Reserve (NNR)

Location map