A secluded reserve, sheltered by hedges and scrub, carpeted with wildflowers and home to many butterflies.

Location

Thimble Cottage, Charfield, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 8EX, UK
Charfield
A static map of Charfield Meadow

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

During times of grazing please do not disturb the animals.

Access

Flat ground, some styles and wooded hill. During times of grazing please do not disturb the animals. Contact the Trust for disabled access information

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to August

About the reserve

Charfield Meadow is a very quiet and secluded reserve, sheltered on most sides by hedges and scrub. In springtime the grassland is a mass of cowslips and forget-me-nots, and in later months, dyer's greenweed, betony and saw-wort come into flower, adding daubs of colour. Throughout the summer, large numbers of butterflies take advantage of the sheltered, flower-rich meadows. Orange-tips and brimstones are amongst the first to be seen, but later in the year look out for ringlets and meadow browns.   A small wet 'flush' can be traced running through the middle of the reserve, with its own special plantlife - look out for ragged robin and sneezewort.   The land was sold to the Trust in 1988 by British Rail.

Contact us

Avon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0117 917 7270

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)