Grassland area with a very rich flora, including a number of orchids

Location

Stockings Meadow, Green Lane
Bromyard
Herefordshire

OS Map Reference

SO 634 546
A static map of Stockings Meadow

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Parking information

Limited parking for one or two cars at entrance.

Walking trails

As the reserve is managed as a hay meadow, please only walk around the edge of the field while the hay is growing and keep dogs under control. The field gate must be kept closed at all times. Please also do not enter the roped-off area where orchids are being studied

Access

There is no wheelchair access on this reserve.

Dogs

Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

  The name "Stocking" indicates that what is now a field was once woodland cleared for agriculture long ago, leaving the land covered with "stocks" or tree stumps. Large old hedges border the meadow on two sides (north and west) and contain a variety of shrubby species. Bramble thickets adjacent to these hedges provide breeding sites for blackcap, garden warbler and long-tailed tit in season. The meadow has a very rich flora. Numbers of common spotted and heath spotted orchids occur here in close proximity, their species integrity presumably maintained by differences in microhabitat and reproduction, although some hybrids do occur.  

Contact us

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01432 356872