Humpy Meadow by James Hitchcock

Humpy Meadow by James Hitchcock

4ha
Dog on a lead
Volunteer Group
A small wildflower meadow covered with thousands of anthills.

Location

0.5 miles east of Flyford Flavell
Flyford Flavell
Worcestershire
WR7 4DJ
A static map of Humpy Meadow

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Parking information

Limited roadside parking on the adjacent roadside verge

Grazing animals

Sheep

Access

Please keep to the public footpath (western edge of field), which is accessed via a stile. Muddy and slippery underfoot when wet.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to July

About the reserve

Visitors will be amazed at the thousands of anthills that cover this field.  This herb-rich grassland has not been treated with fertilisers or herbicides and the presence of large ridge and furrow indicate it has been ploughed in the past but not for centuries.

Surveys have recorded more than 80 species of grasses, flowering plants and hedgerow shrubs that all provide a haven for insects and birds.  Butterflies include marbled white, meadow brown, large white and small skipper. The sympathetic management of the meadow by its previous owner protected its special features.  Like so many meadows, however, a change of ownership often places the wildlife under threat from inappropriate management of its historic features and wildlife is so the Trust acquired the meadow in 2005 with the aim of protecting and restoring this unique meadow.

The field is grazed, an essential part of traditional grassland management.  The animals graze once the plants have set seed, removing nutrients to maintain the poor soil conditions which allow the wildflowers to thrive. Eggs of the brown hairstreak butterfly have been discovered in the hedgerows of the meadow.  The area around Grafton is the only place in the Midlands that these butterflies are found.

Contact us

Eleanor Reast
Contact number: 01905 754919

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)

Location map