OS map ref: SK 611231 (Sheet 129)
Nearest post code LE12 6TQ
The meadows are 1 km east of the village of Wymeswold, directly alongside Narrow Lane, which runs from Wymeswold to join the B676 about 1 km west of Six Hills. Park on the verge near the reserve entrances but please do not block neighbour's gateways or obstruct the road.
Access - Stiles and Hand gates
We encourage visitors to use environmentally friendly forms of transport wherever possible. Most of our reserves are easily accessible by bicycle, with many close to the National Cycle Network. Please note that cycling is not permitted on the nature reserve itself.
Public transport - contact Traveline for further information www.traveline.info or phone 0871 200 22 33.
Dogs are permitted on this nature reserve but must be kept on a short lead at all times.
The meadows, which cover 4.5 ha, are owned by the Trust. 1985.
The meadows were originally part of common land used by Wymeswold villagers for grazing their stock. The area was enclosed in the 19th century and has traditionally been grazed by cattle, most of it being too steep to cut for hay.
Habitats include unimproved grassland on calcareous Boulder Clay, a river, scattered mature thorn bushes and mature boundary hedges.
Management continues the tradition of cattle grazing from June to October.
One of the most delightful aspects of this reserve is its topography: the deeply cut river makes it possible for one to feel totally isolated from the modern world only 100 m from the road. The stream itself provides a habitat for a variety of plants and animals, including dragonflies and damselflies in summer. The steep, grassy banks contain the principal botanical interest of the site, with cowslip, cuckooflower and hoary plantain present in profusion. Agrimony, lady's bedstraw, spiny restharrow and common birdsfoot-trefoil also occur. This diverse flora attracts a variety of butterflies: orange tip, brimstone, small copper, common blue and small heath have all been recorded. Birds that can be spotted in the hedges include whitethroat and bullfinch.
Why not join one of our teams of volunteers. We have regular work parties covering reserves in this area, including Wymeswold Meadows.