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Humpy Meadow

A small wildflower meadow covered with thousands of anthills

Visitors to this 3.5 hectare field will be amazed at the thousands of anthills that cover it.  This herb-rich grassland has not been treated with fertilisers or herbicides and the presence of large ridge and furrow indicate it has been ploughed in the past but not for centuries.

Surveys have recorded more than 80 species of grasses, flowering plants and hedgerow shrubs that all provide a haven for insects and birds.  Butterflies include marbled white, meadow brown, large white and small skipper.

The sympathetic management of the meadow by its previous owner protected its special features.  Like so many meadows, however, a change of ownership often places the wildlife under threat from inappropriate management of its historic features and wildlife is so the Trust acquired the meadow in 2005 with the aim of protecting and restoring this unique meadow.

The field is grazed, an essential part of traditional grassland management.  The animals graze once the plants have set seed, removing nutrients to maintain the poor soil conditions which allow the wildflowers to thrive.

Eggs of the brown hairstreak butterfly have been discovered in the hedgerows of the meadow.  The area around Grafton is the only place in the Midlands that these butterflies are found.

Nearby nature reserves

Grafton Wood
1 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Long Meadow
1 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Piddle Brook Meadows
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
0.5 miles east of Flyford Flavell
Alcester
Worcestershire
Map reference
SO 991 549
Best time to visit
Apr
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
4.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Public footpath from road that runs along western edge of field. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Parking
Limited roadside parking
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Dominique Cragg
Tel: 01905 754919
dom@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org