Know before you go
Parking informationThere is a small car park, with room for 2-3 cars, just inside the main entrance gate, off the B4203 immediately adjacent to Pine Tree Cottages
Access around this small reserve is straightforward but please keep to the edge of the field while the hay is growing and keep any dogs on a lead or under close control.
When entering or leaving the reserve, please be aware of fast moving traffic on the B4203 as visibility is restricted,
When to visit
Opening timesDawn until dusk.
Best time to visitMay and June for meadow flora and insects; October for waxcap fungi
About the reserve
The reserve consists of a single field with a westerly aspect. Its exposed high position provides fine views over the surrounding hilly landscape. Clay soils underlie the semi improved grassland. Although the field has not been ploughed as far as is known, artificial fertiliser dressings have been applied in the past and have clearly had an impact on the flora of the field. The remnants of the original flora can be seen on the eastern edge of the field along with a swath approximately 3 metres wide adjacent to the roadside boundary edge.
Here the more diverse flora supports:
- common knapweed
- bird's foot trefoil
- meadow vetchling
Yellow oat grass has also been recorded here. At present the remainder of the field comprises:
- Yorkshire fog
- common bent
- sweet vernal
- perennial rye grasses
- common sorrel
- white clover
- meadow buttercup.
The reserve boundaries are tightly trimmed hedgerows which hold at least 8 different tree species including :
- field maple
- guelder rose
as well as climbing plants:
- field rose
The hedges provide habitat for small mammals and nesting sites for the occasional pair of yellowhammers,
In mid summer look for typical meadow butterflies like meadow brown, ringlet and gatekeeper as well as the 6 spot burnet moths taking nectar from the common knapweed flowers.
In autumn, this site is fantastic for waxcap fungi.
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