Penny Hill Bank
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Know before you go
Parking informationParking limited to roadside below
There is a public footpath running outside the boundary of the reserve but access into the meadow itself is by arrangement only.
Steep slope, no paths.
When to visit
Opening timesAccess to the meadow is by permit only.
Best time to visitMay to July
About the reserve
The lime-rich soil at Penny Hill Bank is thin and stony but this sheltered grassland is rich with flowers. About 180 species have been recorded here including bee, pyramidal and greater butterfly orchids, twayblade, dyer’s greenweed, autumn felwort, ploughman’s spikenard rock-rose, and red bartsia. Several mosses that are uncommon in Worcestershire are found on the site.
This rich flora is excellent for insects from grasshoppers to butterflies. Visitors should look out for wood white, brown argus, green hairstreak and dingy skipper butterflies. A large number of moths has been recorded including burnets and lead belle moth. Common footman caterpillars have been seen feeding on lichens. The reserve is rich in snails – a favourite of glow-worm larvae, which can be found here.