Clouded yellow butterfly Derek Moore Wildnet

Derek Moore Wildnet

Henley Sidings

An old railway embankment now filled with wildflowers and butterflies


0.5km north of Henley in Arden, in Johnson Place off the A3400
B95 5AE

OS Map Reference

SP 147 667
A static map of Henley Sidings

Know before you go

1 hectare

Parking information

Parking available in Henley. Please do not block the gateway.

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Prone to waterlogging, soft in patches


Reserve is prone to waterlogging.


No dogs permitted
Assistance dogs only

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring and summer

About the reserve

Explore this stretch of 500m of old railway embankment and look out for wildflowers like cowslip, agrimony, purging flax, woolly thistle, fairy flax and lady’s bedstraw. 

There are plenty of rabbits here and they help to keep the grass short.  Where the grass is sparse a carpet of lichen covers the ground.

What might you spot?

Look for the anthills created by the yellow meadow ants. They build a soil dome above their nest - which can extend a metre below the ground - that helps to regulate temperature and humidity.

Twenty species of butterfly have been seen here, including marbled white and clouded yellow. Day-flying moths such as latticed heath and the narrow-bordered five-spot burnet provide further variety. Around 200 species of beetle have also been recorded.

Contact us

Karl Curtis
Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Contact email:

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