Know before you go
Parking informationParking at site entrance off Upper Spring Lane
Grazing animalsCattle in autumn
Flat, informal paths, muddy in winter. Access via stiles.
There are no formal paths around the reserve but the area is relatively flat. Access is via stiles..
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
What's it like to visit?
Designated an LNR, Parliament Piece offers a range of habitats with attractive open grassland, impressively tall trees, old hedgerows and a pond. The grassland is managed as a hay meadow and is full of coarse grasses, thistles and docks, which is great habitat for skipper and meadow brown butterflies. Sometimes hundreds of meadow brown butterflies can offer an impressive sight, flitting over the grass.
What might you spot?
Great spotted woodpecker can often be seen or heard amongst the magnificent Turkey oaks, beech, field maple and Scots pine. The pond’s shady waters are edged with ash and willow and provide a home to common frog and smooth newt which both spawn here in spring.