Know before you go
Grazing animalsThe reserve is grazed seasonally
Entrance to the reserve is not restricted, but while the hay crop is growing in June and July, please keep to the rights of way. Dogs should be kept under control at all times of year to avoid disturbing nesting birds and livestock. During winter the entire site may be flooded. Take care when walking near the river as there are numerous steep cliffs.
There is no wheelchair access at this reserve.
When to visit
Opening timesThere is no access to this reserve, excepting on public rights of way, from1st March to 31st July annually until 2025. For the remainder of the site there is open access.
Best time to visitThere is a range of wildlife at all times of year
About the reserve
The reserve consists of two fields; Hampton Meadow, a large area of old, traditionally managed hay meadow and Big & Little Million Common, a much smaller area of permanent pasture. The reserve has a nesting pair of Curlew in most years, while Skylarks can be heard singing over the meadow on sunny days in spring. The winter floods attract flocks of gulls and ducks like Mallard, Teal and Wigeon and occasionally Bewick's Swans from the Russian Arctic. The steep banks of the rivers provide nesting sites for Kingfishers and Sand Martins, while Reed Buntings can be found among the overgrown willows bordering the water.