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Snows Farm

Snows Farm is a beautiful traditional grassland that comes alive with flowers and butterflies in spring and summer. Its situated at the head of the Dillay Valley and is about three miles north-east of Stroud. The reserve is part of the Slad Valley Wildlife Way that links Frith Wood and Swift's Hill nature reserves on a circular walk.

The Dillay Brook runs through the valley bottom and access is from a track from Slad village. The reserve is fenced with stiles and gates and is grazed by Dartmoor ponies. There is an old derelict building known as the Old Shop at the northern end. All that remains is a walled enclosure and pile of stones.

The limestone grassland supports early purple, fragrant and pyramidal orchids as well as autumn gentian, vervain and clustered bellflower. The scrub areas includes dog-rose, field-rose, hawthorn, dogwood and there are wayfaring-trees. alder, white willow, ash and hazel grow along the edges of the stream. Whitethroat, marsh tit, skylark, tree pipit and grey wagtail are some of the birds recorded at the reserve. There are good populations recorded of small blue, marbled white and green hairstreak butterflies.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Woodland
Marbled White, Badger, Lesser Whitethroat, Skylark

Nearby nature reserves

Frith Wood
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Laurie Lee Wood
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Elliott (Swift's Hill)
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Three miles north east of Stroud at the end of Steanbridge Lane in Slad. Please note Snows Farm (house) is privately owned.
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Great for...
getting away from it all
historical interest
spring flowers
stunning views
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Open at all times
21.30 hectares
Walking information
This reserve is part of the Slad Valley Wildlife Way
Parking for a few cars only on the "triangle" 1 mile down Steanbridge Lane in Slad.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333