Know before you go
Parking informationParking by entrance
The meadow is vulnerable to trampling, especially before hay cutting time, visitors are requested to avoid damaging the crop
Not suitable for wheelchair users; locked gates are in place due to vandalism, please call 01507 526667 to arrange a visit
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The small SSSI meadow on the Middle Marsh Boulder Clay is one of the finest remaining examples of its type. There is a rich assemblage of meadow plants, including cowslip, great burnet, pepper saxifrage, adder's-tongue, devil's-bit scabious, saw-wort, betony and green-winged orchid. Bugle and lady's mantle, more usually associated with woodland rides, also occur. No less than 149 species of flowering plants have been recorded.
There are good boundary hedges and old hedgerow trees attractive to whitethroat and lesser whitethroat. The adjoining pasture acts as a buffer to the SSSI. It is grazed during the summer. The cattle are also used to graze the SSSI meadow after the hay has been cut.
Nearest postcode LN13 9NN. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.