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Upwood Meadows

Ancient grazing meadows with wildflowers galore

Designated a National Nature Reserve for its floristic diversity, Upwood is awash with life. The greatest display is in Bentley meadow where medieval ridge-and-furrow and the many ant hills provide differing microhabitats for plants and invertebrates. Here plants including cowslip, green-winged orchid, saw-wort, dropwort, sulphur clover and Dyer's greenweed provide summer-long colour and nectar sources for bees and butterflies.

The surrounding mature hedgerows and veteran trees provide nesting habitats for many birds including Turtle Dove,Blackcap and Whitethroat and food for winter visitors such as Fieldfare and Redwing. Dew ponds dug in each field originally for watering livestock, are now breeding grounds for Great Crested Newts, dragonflies and damselflies.

 

Further information on the history of Upwood Meadows, by kind permission of Huntingdonshire Fauna and Flora Society, is available in the downloads box below right.

 

The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary. 

Nearby nature reserves

Lady's Wood
0 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Raveley Wood
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Ramsey Heights
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

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Reserve information

Location
Upwood Village
near Ramsey
Cambridgeshire
Map reference
TL 251 825
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
6.00 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Walking information
The reserve can be muddy and occasionally flooded in wet weather
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Grazed during summer and autumn
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500
cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org