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Poolhay Meadows

Two wonderful hay meadows with a rich & varied flora & fauna

These lowland meadows (both Sites of Special Scientific Interest) are rich in flora including great burnet and meadow thistle which are both scarce in Worcestershire. 

A ditch bank and hedgerows with old trees and species of mosses that are usually found in woods indicate that a  similar vegetation has been retained for a long time.  These species-rich hedges add to the wildlife value of the reserve.

It’s best to visit in spring and summer when the wetter northern field is ablaze with the colours of flowering lady’s smock, ragged robin, green-winged orchids and both soft and hard rushes.

The southern meadow contains fewer orchids but is home to an abundance of great burnet, once a common plant of floodplain meadows but has now disappeared from many areas.  Other uncommon species include saw-wort, common spotted orchid, pepper saxifrage, tubular water dropwort and adder’s-tongue fern.

The hay is cut in July, after which cattle are introduced from August to October depending on weather.


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

Marshlands Meadow
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Chaceley Meadow
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Hardwick Green Meadows
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Corse Lawn on B4211
GL19 4LZ
Map reference
SO 831 306
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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3.00 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Malvern Chase
Severn & Avon Vales

Keep to footpath that runs northwest through reserve, especially when hay is growing; close gates. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
Keep to footpath that runs northwest through reserve, especially when hay is growing;close gates.
Limited parking on Common nearby
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
David Molloy
Tel: 01905 754919


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