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Fritillary Watch - Tuesday 4th April 2017

North Meadow

Fritillaries in flower and ready to wow!

Following the warm dry spell of the past few weeks the fritillaries are flowering. The best displays currently are in the northern area of the meadow, on the blue route, with flowering rolling down towards the southern end of the meadow. The fritillaries will be in flower now until May so come when best suits you and have a good look around. But please be aware that that the fritillaries are very delicate and grow right up next to the paths, many don’t flower so walking sticking to the paths and walking in small groups is now more important than ever.

We hope you enjoy you visit and please be aware of the following so that you can enjoy the meadow to its fullest whilst helping to protect what makes it so special:

Ensure you bring sensible footwear which will allow you to keep to the paths even if they are muddy, the widening of footpaths leads to wider compaction which affects the ability for sensitive species to grow.

Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on leads and remove any deposits they make. We have skylarks nesting who are sensitive to disturbance by dogs. Also the meadow is a crop and dogs fouling on the meadow effects the quality of the hay crop and in some situations can make animals ill.

Please consider where you park. Please do not park on the pavement as it is used by people walking from the town, and also please avoid parking too closely to the bridge outside the main entrance as it is a deceptively blind corner with fast moving traffic.

We hope you enjoy your time on the meadow and if you have any enquires or feedback regarding your visit please do not hesitate to contact Aidan Fallon, Reserve Manager on 07919 995036 or aidan.fallon@naturalengland.org.uk

 

 
 
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