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Melverley Meadows

Flower-rich hay meadows

You can spot this island of quintessential England a mile off. Surrounded as it is by large, deep green fields and arable crops managed within intensive production systems, walking into Melverley Farm is like slipping into a different world. Dense hedges crowned with mature oaks, ash and horse chestnut enclose small fields that hum with insects and brim with different grasses and flowers. There are also several field ponds, good places for dragonflies, frogs and newts

Old, flower-rich hay meadows rarely survive now outside nature reserves; Melverley Farm, amazingly, continued in its old-fashioned farming ways, right up until 1995, when the Trust bought it.

Look out for old favourites such as ragged robin, common spotted orchids, pignut and kingcups. All these plants used to be much more widespread; here you can still count on finding them.

Part of the farm is grazed by cattle, the rest is hay meadow. June is the best time to visit, when the hay meadow is in full bloom. But remember this is a working farm with livestock, so please shut all gates behind you, keep dogs under control and stick to the paths.



Species and habitats


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Reserve information

North of the village of Ash Magna, 2km south of the A525.
SY13 4EA
Map reference
SJ 583 407
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
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18.82 hectares

Footpaths around the reserve, please keep dogs on a lead.
Walking information
Please shut all gates behind you and stick to the paths.
Follow Church Lane from Ash and park on the verge by the lane junction just south of Church Farm. Access the reserve through the new kissing gate in the hedge.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01743 284280


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