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Shadowbrook Meadows

Old meadows and pasture with stream and wet woodland

What's it like to visit?

This site contains old meadows and pasture with a stream and wet woodland. 

 

A small stream runs through the reserve and sumptuous hedgerows divide the site into two dry meadows, on the eastern side, with two wet meadows to the west. Unfertilised, unsprayed and unploughed, the meadows’ diversity has been maintained over centuries by the unaltered, traditional haycutting and grazing regime.

 

What might you spot? 

Especially colourful in June and July, both wet and dry meadows give rise to swathes of wild flowers typical of their habitats. Delights such as meadowsweet, betony and the very local meadow thistle can be discovered in the damper meadows, which flood regularly in the winter. Cowslip, oxeye daisy and pignut create a medley of colour in the company of heath spotted-orchids and a delightful mix of grasses including  quaking-grass and crested dog’s-tail, which love the drier eastern meadows. 

 

On bright summer days, visits are rewarded with an abundance of butterflies, mating, egg-laying and drinking nectar amongst the flowers. Common blue and small copper butterflies join meadow specialities such as chimney-sweeper moth and six other nationally scarce insects.

Nearby nature reserves

Elmdon Manor
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Parkridge Centre, Brueton Park, Solihull
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Temple Balsall
4 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
1.5km west of Hampton in Arden
Hampton in Arden
Warwickshire
B92 0DL
Map reference
SP 187 814
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
4.40 hectares
Access
No

Getting onto the reserve involves climbing a gate. Limited parking around the reserve. Contact the Trust for more information on its accessibility.
Walking information
Relatively flat, soft patches, access over stile. Please keep to field boundaries
Parking
Limited parking on Shadowbrook Lane
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Yes - Seasonal Grazing: September - November
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912
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