Sloping meadow with tall purple flowers and hedgerow and trees behind

North Meadow, Common Hill Nature Reserve (Paul Lloyd)

A patchwork of small meadows and orchards rich in wildlife.

Location

Common Hill
Fownhope
Herefordshire
HR1 4QA

OS Map Reference

SO 591 347
A static map of Common Hill

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Grazing animals

Parts of the reserve are seasonally grazed by livestock.

Walking trails

Visitors should note that there are four parts to the reserve; Monument Hill, Round's Meadow, North Meadow and Old Cider House. The plant and insect life of Common Hill is best appreciated during the spring and summer months. Please ensure that gates are kept closed at all times. The reserve is partly on a steep slope and there are no surfaced paths.

Access

There is no wheelchair access on this reserve.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Dawn to dusk

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

There are four parts to this reserve; Monument Hill, Round's Meadow, North Meadow and Old Cider House. Common Hill was common land until the early Nineteenth century, by which time most of it had been enclosed into small holdings. Monument Hill was one such holding and what was once grazing land is now a herb rich meadow. North Meadow and Old Cider House are another small holding, and was part arable and part orchard. Although the orchard remains, the arable land has reverted to grassland.   Common Hill is part of the Woolhope Dome Living Landscape.

In August 2020 we purchased Round's Meadow, an additional field of 3.1 acres at Common Hill, adjacent to the Monument Hill thanks to funding through an Enforcement Undertaking via the Environment Agency and donations from the public. We will begin to manage the new land with seasonal grazing and plan to spread seed collected from areas of the existing reserve next year (2021) to improve the diversity of wildflowers and grasses.

This year, we recorded the wood white butterfly on the site - a species which is rapidly declining nationally but which maintains a stronghold in Herefordshire and the Woolhope Dome in particular. We also recorded wildflowers such as betony and cowslip here and bird's nest orchid just outside the land. 

We hope to install new signage and fencing over the next year when we will be able to officially welcome visitors to this new area the of the reserve.

Contact us

Pete Johnson

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
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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