Wansford Pasture & Standen's Pasture
Know before you go
Site is a sloping, rough meadow with a narrow bridge to the south
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSummer
About the reserve
The richest areas for plants are the flushes dominated by blunt-flowered rush, with other species such as fen bedstraw, large bird's-foot-trefoil and distant sedge. Rarer wetland species can also be found, including large southern marsh-orchids as well as common spotted-orchids. This peaceful site has glorious views over the valley with our reserve at Old Sulehay Forest framing the ridge top beyond. As the fields slope down to the stream at the bottom, changes in the flora reflect the mixture of the drier limestone and neutral grassland with distinct wetter areas, marked out by the abundance of rushes and sedges. On the drier limestone grassland typical plants include cowslip, salad burnet and fairy flax. The brilliant purple flowers of musk thistle play host to Urophora solstitialis, a notably rare gall fly. In 2007 the reserve was greatly enlarged by the generous donation of land now known as Standen's Pasture. The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.