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Christopher Cadbury Reserve

An ancient unimproved grassland with a rich flora

This reserve consists of two unimproved hay meadows lying in the lee of the Black Mountains. It has a very rich flora with over 160 species recorded. Species include bistort, eyebright, yellow rattle and knapweed. Various orchids are also found here including common spotted and green winged. Anthills are numerous at the far western edge of the reserve, where a patch of grassland is cut off by a stream. The meadow come alive with insects in mid-summer, one of the most interesting being the chimney sweeper moth.


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Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Canon Tump Common
2 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Little Marises Meadow
2 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Cethins Meadow
2 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

The reserve is on the west side of Escley Brook.
Map reference
SO 298 368
Great for...
a family day out
Insect spotting
getting away from it all
historical interest
spring flowers
stunning views
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
5.00 hectares

Walking information
While the hay crop is growing in June and July, please keep to the edge of the meadows and also keep dogs under control.
Limited parking at entrance to reserve
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
The site is grazed periodically.
Reserve manager
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01432 356872