Lower Smite Farm
Know before you go
Parking informationCar park open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. At other times, park in layby by farm shed.
Grazing animalsCattle and sheep
Circular trail available - leaflet from farmhouse porch or to download below. Muddy and slippery underfoot when wet.
Wheelchair access limited to area around farmhouse and granary.
When to visit
Opening timesDusk to dawn. Office is open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (shop/toilets). PLEASE NOTE WE’VE REGRETFULLY DECIDED TO CLOSE OUR TRAIL TO HELP LIMIT THE RISK OF EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 FOR OUR STAFF. WE ARE PLEASED TO SAY THAT OUR OTHER NATURE RESERVES REMAIN OPEN FOR YOU TO USE FOR QUIET RECREATION AND ENJOYMENT DURING THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD. WE’LL UPDATE OUR POSITION IN LIGHT OF EMERGING GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE.
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Purchased in 2001, the farm is managed to demonstrate how sensitive farming techniques can improve the quality of the agricultural landscape for wildlife.
The nature trail takes in a range of habitats around the farm including a replanted traditional orchard, a wetland, several ponds, arable fields and bird food crops. In spring, visitors should listen for displaying skylarks in the fields and for reed warbler around the ponds in summer. Whitethroat and reed buntings are also worth keeping a lookout for during the summer months and large flocks of finches – green, gold and chaffinch – are plentiful throughout winter.
The ponds are great for dragonflies and up to 15 different species are seen in most years including broad-bodied chaser, emperor, black-tailed skimmer and azure damselfly. The wide field margins - some planted with special seed mix, some left to develop their own flora – encourage a wide range of insects with butterflies frequently observed. Bees and butterflies can also be spotted in good numbers in the gardens in front of the main farmhouse. These are managed to help schoolchildren attending our education centre discover more about the importance of growing your own food and gardening for wildlife.
You can find out more about how we manage Lower Smite Farm on our farming and agriculture pages.
The buildings at Lower Smite Farm form the Trust’s operational base. Commercial gain from the farm and room lettings is used to support the education programmes run from the centre and on our nature reserves across Worcestershire.