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Piddle Brook Meadows

The meandering Piddle Brook and three adjacent meadows are rich in wildflowers and wildlife.

The trees and hedgerows around these important meadows are home to birds, insects and small mammals; the song of the whitethroat can be heard during spring and summer.

To enhance the diversity of the grassland throughout the meadows we will take a hay cut in summer and graze the fields in autumn.  We’ll also re-pollard some of the trees and manage the hedges and brookside vegetation to provide dense cover for nesting birds.  Pollarding involves cutting off branches above head height that encourages a dense head of foliage and branches.  This helps trees to survive longer and provides valuable wildlife habitat.

Three flowers found in these meadows – downy oat grass, dropwort and meadow rue – are especially scarce and their presence has helped part of the fields to be officially recognised as a Local Wildlife Site.  These make up a network of sites that are managed for wildlife and geological features.

In summer the meadow flowers are at their best .  Visitors should look for yellow rattle, lady’s bedstraw, salad burnet and sweet vernal grass.  Lucky visitors may spot a kingfisher or even an otter using the brook and nearby vegetation for hunting and resting.

The meadows are adjacent to our Naunton Court Fields nature reserve; two arable fields farmed in a wildlife-friendly way to conserve rare arable plants.

Due to the fragility of this site reserve please stay on the public right of way and the permissive path.

Nearby nature reserves

Grafton Wood
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Humpy Meadow
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Long Meadow
4 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Near Naunton Beauchamp
Pershore
Worcestershire
Map reference
SO 963 526
Best time to visit
May - Jun
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Opening Times
Please keep to the public right of way and permissive path
Size
6.94 hectares
Access
Yes

Please keep to the public right of way and permissive path. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
Can be wet underfoot
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Dominique Cragg
Tel: 01905 754919
dom@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org

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