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Sands Meadows

These three meadows contain a diverse range of habitats from ridge and furrow grassland to wet carr woodland.

The meadows form part of a long chain of around 60 important grassland sites stretching from Pershore to Astwood Bank.  Nearby are Holberrow Green, Inkberrow’s Millennium Green, Morton Bank and Stockwood Meadows.  The meadows were designated as a Local Wildlife Site in 1990.

Around 60 species of grasses and flowering plants have been recorded in the meadows.  Since buying the meadows in 2011 we’re working to increase these numbers using appropriately timed haymaking and grazing.

Sands Meadows fall within the ever-increasing range of the nationally rare brown hairstreak butterflies.  Following a concerted conservation project, the range and population of this butterfly is increasing.  They rely on young blackthorn growth and the hedges around the boundary of Sands Meadows have the potential to be suitable habitat for the butterfly.

There’s a scarce black poplar tree on the reserve.  These trees get their name from the gnarled and bumpy bark that looks very dark from a distance.

Visit our Community pages to download our Meadows Butterfly spotting sheet.

Many thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for enabling the Trust to purchase these beautiful meadows in 2011.


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Due to the fragility of this site reserve please contact the Trust about information on access and guided walks.

Nearby nature reserves

Stockwood Meadows
1 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Feckenham Wylde Moor
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Long Meadow
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Sands Meadows
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Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Dawn to dusk. Due to the fragility of the site please contact the Trust for access information.
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Living Landscape schemes
Forest of Feckenham

Walking information
No pathways. Grassland slippery when wet.
Limited parking on lane nearby.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Eleanor Reast
Tel: 01905 754919


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