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Charfield Meadow

Charfield Meadow sits alongside a railway line in South Gloucestershire. This small and peaceful reserve is full of a surprising number of flowering plants.

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.

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Old London Road
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Lower Woods
4 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

North of the village of Charfield.
South Gloucestershire
Map reference
ST 716 937
Great for...
getting away from it all
Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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0.97 hectares

Flat ground, some styles and wooded hill. During times of grazing please do not disturb the animals. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
During times of grazing please do not disturb the animals.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust