Adder tongue

Bruce Shortland

Preece's Meadow

An ancient grassland site with an abundance of butterflies and bumblebees

Location

Westhope
Westhope
A static map of Preece's Meadow

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Grazing animals

The resrve is often grazed by sheep or cattle once the hay is cut.

Walking trails

While the hay crop is growing in June/July, please keep to the edge of the fields and do not let dogs off the lead. Please keep gates closed at all times

Access

Please contact us regarding wheelchair accessibility.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

The reserve comprises two fields enclosed by hedgerows on the northern and eastern boundaries. There are some old fruit trees planted into the east field and into the hedgerow between the two fields. The main interest in this reserve lies in the plants of the meadows. Some species typical of old hay meadows still survive, notably the little Adder's Tongue fern and the undershrub, dyer's greenweed. The presence of yellow ant mounds and numbers of the day-flying yellow underwing moth are further indicators that this is an ancient grassland site. On warm mid-summer days numbers of the meadow butterflies, ringlet, meadow brown and gatekeeper, fly above the grasses, while three species of bumblebee add to the entomological interest.  

Contact us

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01432 356872