Cethins Meadow, and nearby Little Marises Meadow, are unimproved, species-rich, lowland neutral grassland fields lying within the Black Mountains Valley Living Landscape.

Location

St Margarets
Michaelchurch Escley
Herefordshire
HR2 0QG

OS Map Reference

SO 330 348
A static map of Cethins Meadow

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Parking information

no parking spaces but the wide verge at the Western entrance to Canon Tump Common gives enough space for one or two cars. Please do not block the gates or any other private access.

Access

No surfaced paths; no steep inclines or challenging terrain,

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Dawn to dusk

Best time to visit

Early summer

About the reserve

The meadows are bordered by hedgerows containing mature trees and these provide habitat for willow warbler and chiffchaff.  
In spring and summer, wildflower species to see include pignut, eyebright, yellow rattle, betony, oxeye daisy, bird’s foot trefoil, common spotted orchids and southern marsh orchid. The diversity of wildflowers and grasses also supports many meadow butterflies and day flying moths including the six-spot burnet.
 

Contact us

Paul Ratcliffe
Contact number: 01432 356872

Directions:

From B4348 at Vowchurch turn onto minor road running west towards Michaelchurch Escley, after 3 miles at the cross roads at the top of the hill at Crossways garage turn left, after 500 m/yards there is a wide verge at the western end of Cannon Tump Common, grid ref 327 346. Cannon Tump, Cethins and Little Marises can all be accessed from the bridleway running north east from the gate into the Cannon Tump reserve.

Wildflower meadow of yellow and white flowers with tall hedgerow in background and hills beyond

Davies Meadow Nature Reserve (Paul Lloyd)

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