An ancient unimproved grassland with a rich flora


The reserve is on the west side of Escley Brook.

OS Map Reference

SO 298 368
A static map of Christopher Cadbury Reserve

Know before you go

5 hectares

Grazing animals

The site is grazed periodically.

Walking trails

While the hay crop is growing in June and July, please keep to the edge of the meadows and also keep dogs under control.


There is no wheelchair access at this reserve.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

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.  

Contact us

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01432 356872