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Windmill Hill

One of the best remaining limestone grasslands in the county with wildflowers and butterflies to add interest to your country walk.

With excellent views of the Avon Valley, this scrubby grassland has been maintained by grazing for centuries and supports a rich community of wildlife.

The open grassland is dotted with lime-loving plants such as twayblade, bee orchid, common-spotted orchid, bird’s-foot trefoil, dog violet, cowslip, fairy flax, field scabious, common knapweed, wild liquorice and common and spiny restharrow.

The reserve is important for butterflies including marbled white, brown argus (rare and in low numbers), small skipper, common blue, meadow brown, small tortoiseshell and small heath.  Visitors should also lookout for old anthills and the herbs such as wild thyme that grow on them.

Scrubby areas on Windmill Hill consist of flowering hawthorn and blackthorn that provide early nectar for hoverflies and other insects.  The mix of grassland, shrubs and trees also help provide cover for willow warbler and chiffchaff.  Kestrels are often seen hunting the open hillside for small mammals.

Nearby nature reserves

Tunnel Hill Meadow
3 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Badger's Hill
4 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Grove Hill
5 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

1/2 mile west of North Littleton, south of B4510
WR11 8QS
Map reference
SP 072 477
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Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Dawn to dusk
6.00 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Steep slopes and stiles. No wheelchair access.
Walking information
Use stiles; shut gates, please keep to the waymarked paths.
Park on roadside opposite entrance; take care due to busy traffic and poor visibility.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
David Molloy
Tel: 01905 754919