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Tailby Meadow

A traditional flower rich hay meadow on the banks of the River Ise

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, wich 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.


Tailby Meadow reserve leaflet

Tailby meadow map


The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

The Plens
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Rothwell Gullet
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Stoke Wood End Quarter
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

On the edge of
Map reference
SP 814 828
Best time to visit
Apr - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
5.00 hectares
Walking information
Well-defined paths through the meadow, some areas become very muddy in winter
Park in the adjacent side streets
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285


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