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Brotheridge Green

Part of the old Tewkesbury to Malvern railway line that has been colonised by grassland, scrub and young trees. Good for butterflies.

Grassland now covers what was once railway tracks and the former embankments have been colonised by grassland, scrub and young trees that provide a mosaic of habitat types and wildlife for all seasons.

A deep cutting with damp soil and overhanging trees lies at one end of the reserve, near the road bridge.  At the other end, the reserve is above a well-drained steep embankment. 

The wide variety of soil types support a large range of plants.  In turn, the reserve is particularly good for butterflies; more than 30 species have been recorded including breeding colonies of marbled white, white-letter hairstreak, dingy skipper, small copper and holly blue.


Development Nature Reserves

These meadows are part of a number of grasslands and orchards that make up one of nine development nature reserve plans. We believe that a landscape-scale approach to wildlife conservation is essential. Wildlife needs space to adapt and move to cope with the consequences of climate change. Practically, this means that to deliver our biodiversity vision, we need to develop a coherent network of large areas linked by corridors that can provide benefits for people as well as for biodiversity.

Why are the Malvern Chase Meadows development nature reserves?

In a pastoral landscape these scattered sites demonstrate how important each sensitively managed piece of land has become as part of a network of sites that must be increased for people and wildlife to benefit. We will use them to demonstrate the importance of protecting the existing wildlife value and encourage other land owners to manage their land and hedgerows less intensively.

These 10 reserves lie within Natural England’s Severn and Avon Vales Landscape Area, and within the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s Malvern Chase Living Landscape.

Nearby nature reserves

Melrose Farm Meadows
0 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Nash's Meadows
0 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Boynes Coppice and Meadows
1 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

West section of disused railway line in Brotheridge Green
Upton on Severn
Map reference
SO 817413
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Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Dawn to dusk
1.80 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Living Landscape schemes
Malvern Chase
Severn & Avon Vales

Steep steps. No wheelchair access.
Walking information
A gate at the entrance and then a stepped/ramped slope leads down to grass pathway. If you would like to walk a circular route there are stiles on the exits midway along the reserve.
Park by the entrance gate on the verges near the bridge, space for 2-3 cars.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
David Molloy
Tel: 01905 754919