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Hardwick Green Meadows

A series of rare floodplain meadows in a secluded corner of Worcestershire.

Although we’ve lost around 97% of our wildflower meadows in England since the 1940s, floodplain meadows are even rarer. Those that remain total an area of only 3,500 acres – the footprint of Heathrow Airport. In this quiet and often forgotten corner of Worcestershire, Hardwick Green Meadows represents 1.5% of all such meadows left in the UK and are of both national and international importance.

In 2017 we launched a public appeal and worked with funding bodies including Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund and Severn Waste Services to save these magnificent meadows.

Hardwick Green Meadows are rich in plants such as great burnet, pepper saxifrage and corky-fruited dropwort. This rich flora creates habitats for insects including butterflies such as meadow browns and marbled whites.

The meadows and hedges are important habitats for a range of birds including blackcaps, reed buntings, cuckoos, common and lesser whitethroats. Barn owls have been seen hunting the many small mammals that are found on the reserve. Brown hares are a frequent sight and otters have been filmed on the brooks that run through the site.

We’re working towards a Worcestershire that is bigger, better and more connected for wildlife to thrive and for people to lead happier and healthier lives. We already own the nearby Marshlands Meadow, which adjoins the much larger (privately-owned) Burley Dene SSSI; together they are a stone’s throw over the M50 from our Hill Court Farm nature reserve, connected by the Eldersfield Brook as part of the historic Longdon and Eldersfield Marsh complex.


With thanks to...

The generous support of our members and the public
The Heritage Lottery Fund
Severn Waste Services through the Severn Waste Environmental Fund
The Banister Trust

Tim Carter & Anne Spurgeon
Rowlands Charitable Trust
HDH Wills Charitable Trust
Alan Evans Memorial Fund

 

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Species and habitats

Habitats
Meadow
Species
Great Burnet, Brown Hare, Purple Hairstreak, Beautiful demoiselle

Nearby nature reserves

Marshlands Meadow
0 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Poolhay Meadows
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Hill Court Farm & The Blacklands
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Hardwick
Nr Eldersfield
GL19 4PH
Map reference
SO811324
Great for...
wildflowers
Best time to visit
May - Jul
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Size
20.34 hectares
Access
Permit required

Due to the fragile nature of the site, only a mown seasonal trail will be open through part of the nature reserve during summer.
Walking information
Muddy and slippery underfoot when wet
Parking
Limited parking on road verge opposite entrance
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Cattle and sheep
Reserve manager
David Molloy
Tel: 01905 754919
enquiries@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org