Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Mickfield Meadow is a stunning flower-rich hay meadow that has never been sprayed or fertilised.
Mickfield Meadow is a stunning flower-rich hay meadow that has never been sprayed or fertilised. As a result it contains a host of wildflowers, many of which are now scarce in Suffolk. To maintain this rich flora, the meadow is managed by a summer hay cut and then grazing the late summer growth.
The unusual mix of plants growing here adds to its botanical interest. In parts of the meadow you can see goldilocks buttercup and the low growing wood anemone – both plants more usually associated with ancient woodlands. In the wetter parts look for marshland flowers like ragged-robin, meadowsweet and the beautiful snake’s head fritillary – one of only four sites in Suffolk where it can still be found.
The boundary hedges are maintained by the traditional method of coppicing. This involves periodically cutting sections to the ground, which encourages re growth and creates a long living, dense hedge that is great for wildlife.