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Mickfield Meadow

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.

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Species and habitats

Habitats
Meadow
Species
Snake's-head Fritillary, Meadowsweet, Ragged-Robin

Nearby nature reserves

Fox Fritillary Meadow
3 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Brooke House
6 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Martins' Meadows
7 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Wetheringsett Road, Mickfield
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 5LN
Map reference
TM143633

GPS Info
Parking limited to hard standing opposite Brook Lane. Walk east along field edge to reserve.

Great for...
spring flowers
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times. Best to visit before hay cut in July.
Size
1.70 hectares
Access
Yes

Please note that access to the reserve is over two stiles.
Walking information
Short walk along field margin to meadow from parking space. To avoid damage to the flora and hay crop, please keep to the edge of the meadow
Parking
Limited to one vehicle roadside hard standing
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Sheep graze after hay cut
Reserve manager
Susan Stone
Tel: 01473 890089
susan.stone@suffolkwildlifetrust.org

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