A once-a-year chance to see Britain’s Rarest Buttercup

Thursday 28th May 2015

On Sunday 14th June, 2-5pm Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is opening Badgeworth nature reserve for visitors to see the rare Badgeworth buttercup in flower.

The event is the only day each year that the reserve opens and coincides with when the Badgeworth buttercup is at its best!


Britain’s rarest buttercup, the Badgeworth buttercup is also known as Adder’s-tongue spearwort and only grows in wet conditions, such as the pond at the reserve.

“This is one of only two sites in Britain where the buttercup grows.” Said reserve manager Jackie Birch. “It’s a really special place and reminds us how vulnerable some species are and why they need our help to protect them.”

The Badgeworth nature reserve can be found on Cold Pool Lane, Up Hatherley and visitors will be met by reserve volunteers who will be on hand to answer questions and show visitors the wealth of wildlife that lives in this tiny nature reserve, the oldest in Gloucestershire. There will also be tea and cake served at the event.

The reserve open day will be signposted from Cold Pool Lane, there isn’t parking and visitors are asked to park carefully on the roadside verges, being considerate of the local residents.