Clarke's Pool Meadows

One of the finest surviving traditional hay meadows in Gloucestershire, Clarke's Pool Meadow is a sanctuary for small mammals and meadow flora.

Location

Half a mile south of Blakeney
The nearest postcode is GL15 4AR

OS Map Reference

SO667060
What3Words: commoners.swanky.hems
A static map of Clarke's Pool Meadows

Know before you go

Size
8 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Parking information

Parking spaces are available along the side of the Nibley Green to Etloe road near Clarke’s Pool Meadow – please park considerately

Grazing animals

None

Walking trails

There is a 1km circular route around the edges of the meadows

Access

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Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to June

About the reserve

The traditional hay meadows at Clarke’s Pool are among the finest in Gloucestershire and in mid-late spring support a population of more than 45,000 green winged orchids (blooming April and May) - a plant that has suffered a dramatic decline elsewhere due to changes in agriculture over the past 60-plus years.

Other wildflowers found here include adder’s-tongue fern, cowslip, bluebell and yellow rattle, while broad hedges and rough margins provide habitats for small mammals like field vole, which in turn attract predators such as barn owls.

The grass is cut for hay in late summer, after which a few later blooming species like meadow saffron appear.

The meadow is named for a small pool along the eastern edge which is hidden by the undergrowth in summer.

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)