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

Location

Half a mile south of Blakeney
Lydney
A static map of Clarke's Pool Meadows

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Visitors are asked to keep to the edges of the meadows to avoid trampling the hay crop.

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

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.

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)