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Justin's Meadow at Ashton Court

A very special and wild part of the Ashton Court Estate full of wildflowers in the spring and summer

The reserve is particularly memorable in May, when parts of the meadow will be full of green-winged orchids. In July, the main attraction is the butterflies. Clouds of marbled whites, meadow browns and many others can be seen skimming over the grass. This is also a good site for colourful day-flying burnet moths.

Other flowering plants include wild carrot, yellow-wort and field scabious. Some unusual parasitic plants are also found here, such as common broomrape which feeds off clovers, and yellow-rattle, which feeds partly off grass. The meadow is cut for hay in late summer. Scrubby, bushy plants are managed to maintain a balance with the grassland.

Formerly known as Ashton Court Meadow, the nature reserve meadow at the Ashton Court Estate has been re-named in memory of a Bristol naturalist, Justin Smith, who passed away in 2014. Justin was Bristol City Council’s Woodland and Wildlife Officer and he also held posts at the Avon Wildlife Trust. He was a renowned expert naturalist and was the meadow’s warden for a number of years.
 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Meadow

Nearby nature reserves

Bennett’s Patch and White’s Paddock
2 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Brandon Hill Nature Reserve
2 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Pill Paddock
3 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Part of the Ashton Court Estate. The meadow can be found at the eastern end of the estate, beyond the golf course.
Long Ashton
North Somerset
Map reference
ST 543 720
Great for...
a family day out
butterflies
getting away from it all
spring flowers
wildflowers
Best time to visit
May - Jul
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
2.33 hectares
Status
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)
Access
Yes

Flat ground, fairly easy access at numerous points. Rough paths throughout Ashton Court. Some steep slopes, dependent on entry points. Stiles and kissing gates. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
Rough paths throughout Ashton Court. Some steep slopes, dependent on entry points. Stiles and kissing gates.
Parking
The nearest parking to the meadow is in the golf course car park within the Ashton Court Estate, which can be accessed from A369 Leigh woods. Parking on Beggar Bush Lane (B3129) is now prohibited.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
mail@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk