Daneway Banks

David J Slater

Daneway Banks nature reserve is a wonderful example of limestone grassland and home to the rare large blue butterfly. It is widely regarded as one of the best places in the world to see this star species.

In spring and summer the banks explode with colour from orchids, rock-rose, cowslips and other flowers whilst the air buzzes with the sound of bees and the occasional croak from a raven overhead.

Location

Half a mile west of Sapperton
Daneway
A static map of Daneway Banks

Know before you go

Size
17 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

This reserve is part of the Golden Valley Wildlife Way.

Access

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Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year

About the reserve

The nature reserve is an excellent place to spot butterflies, between June and July you might catch a glimpse of the rare (and once extinct in the UK) large blue butterfly that was reintroduced to the reserve. Other butterflies that are seen regularly on the reserve includes the dark green fritillary, marbled white and small blue.

The rare cut-leaved germander and cut-leaved selfheal flower on Daneway Banks in late summer. One of the most striking features at the reserve are the large ant hills made by the yellow meadow ant. In some parts of Gloucestershire the hills are known as "emmet casts", "emmet" being the old English word for ant.

Daneway Banks is part of the Golden Valley Wildlife Way, which includes Strawberry Banks, Three Groves Wood and Siccaridge Wood nature reserves.

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

How to get there:

Post code:  GL7 6LN

Grid reference: SO 93887 03420

Full directions:

FROM STROUD: From A46 / A419 roundabout. Follow the A419 east of Stroud for 6.8 miles. At the Chapmans Cross crossroads (look for a sign marked Sapperton/Cherington) turn north towards Sapperton. After 0.9miles turn left at the crossroads signed towards Edgeworth/Bisley. After 0.7 miles you will see The Daneway Inn on the right hand side. Please park considerately in the car park.

FROM CIRENCESTER: Head west on the A429/Bristol Road. At the Stroud Road roundabout take the 3rd exit/A419 west towards Stroud for 3.4 miles. Then take a slight right towards Sapperton and follow for 1.7 miles. The Daneway Inn will be on your right. Please park considerately in the car park.

FROM CHELTENHAM/GLOUCESTER: From the Air Balloon roundabout take the A417 to Stroud. After 0.9 miles turn right onto the B4070 and stay on this road through Birdlip and for another 2.1 miles. Turn left onto Calf Way at the Fostons Ash Inn, then left again after 0.2 miles. Continue for 3.3 miles. The Daneway Inn will be on your left – the car park immediately left after the pub. Please park considerately in the car park.

Parking Capacity: 20 cars but please consider patrons of the Daneway Inn when parking.