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Clarke's Pool Meadows

One of the finest surviving traditional hay meadows in Gloucestershire where over 45,000 green winged orchids flower in mid-late spring.

Nationally green wonged orchids have suffered a dramatic decline in the last 60 years due to agricultural improvement. The neutral meadow flora including adder's tongue fern, cowslip, bluebell and yellow rattle, combined with broad hedges and rough margins which together are key to providing suitabe habitat for small mammals and their predators such as the barn owl.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Meadow
Species
Green-winged Orchid, Adder's-tongue Fern, Cowslip, Barn Owl

Nearby nature reserves

Oakenhill
3 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Foxes Bridge Bog
5 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Cannop Bridge Marsh
5 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Half a mile south of Blakeney.
Lydney
Gloucestershire
Map reference
SO668060
Great for...
birdwatching
butterflies
spring flowers
wildflowers
Best time to visit
May - Jun
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
1.70 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Yes

Walking information
Visitors are asked to keep to the edges of the meadows to avoid trampling the hay crop.
Parking
A very small parking bay is on the roadside next to the reserve entrance.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333
info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk