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Goldicote Cutting

A disused railway line cutting with limestone-loving flora

Please note: due to the steepness of the cutting  and how wet the site is, we do not advise going down into the cutting. The cutting is place for wildlife but not suitable for public access. 

This site contains a disused railway line cutting through lias limestone. The limestone encourages flowers such as spotted orchids and bee orchids. 

Towards the western end of the cutting, limestone grassland produces a flourish of wild flowers, including hairy violet and yellow-wort. You may spot lots of species of butterfly here including dingy and grizzled skippers and whire letter hairstreaks. The reserve is also one of the last remaining Warwickshire haunts to the inappropriately named common lizard, which can occasionally be seen sunbathing amongst the bricks.

Much of the cutting is very wet with very marshy ground at the eastern end of the reserve. Common spotted-orchid thrives here plus giant horsetail. Willowherb, water figwort and common fleabane shade a stream where many scarce invertebrates, including an uncommon solider fly, relish the damp conditions.

 

Nearby nature reserves

Loxley Church Meadow
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Welcombe Hills
5 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Hampton Wood & Meadow
6 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
4km south of Stratford, in New Road off the A422 Banbury Road
Stratford-on-Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 7NP
Map reference
SP 247 505
Best time to visit
Apr - Nov
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
3.00 hectares
Access
No

Please note: due to the steepness of the cutting and how wet the site is, we do not advise going down into the cutting. The cutting is place for wildlife but not suitable for public access.
Parking
Limited parking at the junction of the A422 and New Road
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
No
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912
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