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Strawberry Banks

Strawberry Banks nature reserve is a stronghold for the marsh fritillary butterfly and rugged oil beetle.

Strawberry Banks is two fields surrounded by woodland and scrub. The banks are thought to have once been used to grow strawberries hence the name. The reserve is a stronghold for the marsh fritillary butterfly in Gloucestershire, it is also one of a few sites in Britain to find the rugged oil beetle.

This oolitic limestone grassland supports a variety of plants, including lesser butterfly-orchid, bee orchid, common spotted orchid, wild columbine, common rock-rose, milkwort, kidney vetch and devil’s bit scabious. In the woodland and scrub nettle-leaved bellflower, woodruff and sanicle can be found. Excitingly dormice have recently been found in the scrub and hedgerows.
Strawberry Banks is part of the Golden Valley Wildlife Way, which includes Three Groves WoodDaneway Banks and Siccaridge Wood nature reserves. 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland
Species
Bee Orchid, Common Spotted orchid, Columbine, Hazel dormouse

Nearby nature reserves

Three Groves Wood
0 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Siccaridge Wood
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Daneway Banks
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Between the villages of France Lynch and Oakridge
Chalford
Gloucestershire
Map reference
SO910033
Great for...
butterflies
spring flowers
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
5.30 hectares
Status
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access
Yes

Parking
The reserve can be reached through Three Groves Wood, where cars can be parked by the neighbouring Woodland Trust gate, or along public footpaths from France Lynch and Oakridge.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333
info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk