Fritillary Watch - Sunday 20th April 2014
North Meadow Fritillary flowers are looking wonderful. The annual spectacle of delicate purple and white checkered petals of the Snake’s head Fritillaries is well worth the journey to see. In the last few days several swallows have been seen over the River Thames which runs along the western side of the meadow. The weather is set to stay sunny for the next week, ground conditions are good. Make sure you visit to the Fritillary Tea rooms were you will find a wealth of information about North Meadow and the Fritillaries.
There will be a Manorial Court Walk at 11.00am on Monday 21st April. It will be led by the High Bailiff, Town Crier and Hayward and include an explanation of the history of the meadow and the involvment of the Court in its management. The walk will be joined by the reserve manager and include information on meadow flora and fauna. To join the walk meet at the Frilillary Tea Rooms at 11.00am.
All the paths that take you around North Meadow are good but a little uneven in places; it is advisable to wear good walking boots/shoes. Please do keep to the permitted and well marked foot paths on your visit, dogs are welcome but we ask that they are kept under control and keep to the paths also as there are now many ground nesting birds in the meadow.
There are hundreds of thousands of fritillary plants in North Meadow all at different stages of growth it is important that visitors as well as photographers (see photographers guide) keep to the paths. Walk down to the BLUE and ORANGE route and you will be rewarded with a sea of Fritillaries.
If you have binoculars bring them with you, there are a great variety of birds in the perimeter hedges, such as reed buntings, sedge warblers, tree creeper, chiffchaff, chaffinch, long tailed tits, grey wagtail as well as sky larks, swallows sand martins overhead.
Would you like to help with the scientific research on the meadow counting fritillaries? Find out more.
For further information please contact Reserve Manager Anita Barratt
Tel 07795316191 email email@example.com
North meadow has a great variety of wildflowers and is of international importance as one of the finest examples of lowland hay meadow in Europe. It is protected as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as being a National Nature Reserve.