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Nash's Meadows

A three meadow restoration project in the Malvern Chase Meadows area.

Nash’s meadows lie in close proximity to several of our grassland reserves and local wildlife sites. Three large fields, good hedgerows, hedgerow trees and the Mere Brook make up this 12 hectare nature reserve; this new nature reserve (2017) will increase the botanically-good quality grassland within the immediate area to approximately 20.5 hectares.

With only a few patches of species-rich grassland, a long programme of restoration will begin with the spreading of green hay or seed from nearby Worcestershire Wildlife Trust reserves. This process has been used successfully several times at Hollybed Farm Meadows and Ryefield Meadows. At the nearby Boynes Coppice Meadows, it has taken more than 25 years for the sward to develop into a high quality hay meadow.
In summer, the open grass pastures are an ideal place to see marbled white, meadow brown and ringlet butterflies, while overhead swallows and house martins swoop as they catch small invertebrates for food.

Nash’s meadows was a gift from the estate of Nancy Nash to WWT in May 2017.

 

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.
 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland
Species
Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Swallow

Nearby nature reserves

Brotheridge Green
0 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Melrose Farm Meadows
0 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Boynes Coppice and Meadows
1 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Gilvers Lane Brotheridge Green
Upton upon Severn
Worcestershire
WR8 0AT
Map reference
SO816414
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Opening Times
Dawn to dusk
Size
11.80 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Malvern Chase
Access
Yes

Only on public footpath. No wheelchair access.
Walking information
Access via public footpath from Gilvers Lane. Keep to public footpath that runs south to north through reserve, close gates.
Parking
As for Brotheridge Green then a short walk
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Sheep (Aug-Nov)
Reserve manager
Rob Allen
Tel: 01905 754919
rob@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org