Please help us keep our outdoor spaces open to everyone for as long as possible by:
Maintaining social distancing – please avoid being within two metres of other visitors and avoid gathering in groups at play equipment, view points, and seating areas.
The cafe at Greystones is now open! We are serving tasty treats and a cracking cuppa between 10am and 4pm Thursday through Sunday. Please do pop in and say hello! We are serving take-away style from the hatch to maintain our staff and customer safety; there is outside seating available, or you are welcome to take your food and drinks for a picnic but please leave no trace! The toilets are also open whenever the cafe is open.
Greystones is one of the most important nature reserves in the country and provides a great day out for families. We carefully manage the land to ensure that wildflowers thrive and we are proud that Greystones is nationally recognised because of this. Our hay meadows support a stunning range of wildlife and wildflowers in the spring and summer.
There is no public parking at Greystones. Please park in the village, which is no more than 10 minutes away on foot. Limited Blue Badge parking is available during cafe hours only. If you are a Blue Badge holder please contact us in advance, on a weekday, to book your parking place at Greystones.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust head office: 01452 383333
Know before you go
Parking informationThere is no public parking at Greystones. Please park in the village, which is no more than 10 minutes away on foot. Limited Blue Badge parking is available during cafe open hours only. Please contact us to book a space.
Bicycle parkingNot currently, but cyclists are very welcome
Grazing animalsGloucester and Friesian cattle
Greystones' Wildlife Walk and Time-Travel Trail. Greystones nature reserve is gently undulating and there are no steep sections. The walking trails are on level paths or on grassy tracks and there are no stiles to cross.
Please note that there are no seats along the trails, although visitors are welcome to relax by the River Eye and to spend time in the cafe.
The Oxfordshire Way long-distance path runs through the site
There is no public parking at Greystones. Please park in the village, which is no more than 10 minutes away on foot. Limited Blue Badge parking is available during cafe hours only. If you are a Blue Badge holder please contact us in advance, on a week day, to book your parking place at Greystones.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust head office: 01453 383333
The Visitor Centre and the path from here to our replica Iron Age Roundhouse are suitable for people in wheelchairs.
When to visit
Opening timesNature reserve: open 7 days a week year-round
Café and shop: Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
Toilets and baby changing facilities: Along with the cafe
Discovery Barn: Along with the cafe
Roundhouse: Please contact us to find out when this attraction will be open
Best time to visitMay to September
About the reserve
Before we took over Greystones in 2001 some animals here, such as water voles, barn owls and otters were nearly extinct here, but have made a spectacular comeback because of our work.
In the spring and summer you will see great burnet, southern marsh orchids, early marsh orchids, ragged robin, devil’s-bit scabious, meadowsweet, knapweed and yellow rattle. These flowers support butterflies including orange-tip, meadowbrown, brimstone, small copper and ringlet. We are also working to restore the hay meadows which were damaged from the 1940s onwards, with the aim to bring local wildflowers back to these areas of Greystones.
Hedgerows for wildlife
The hedges at Greystones are a vital source of food and shelter for wildlife. Birds eat the fruit, berries and seeds and may nest in the hedgerows. Look out for blackbirds, bullfinches, long-tailed tits and blackcaps, and in the winter for redwings and fieldfares. Hedgerows are also important for harvest mice, bank voles, hedgehogs and bats.
The clean rivers that run through Greystones are full of wildlife. Tiny fish can be seen in the river all year. Fresh-water shrimps, mayflies, damselflies and caddisfly nymphs (the aquatic larval stages of river flies) can be found beneath the stones, in the mud and among aquatic plants.
In the summer look out for dragonflies and damselflies, such as common blue damselflies in the meadows close to the river, and banded demoiselles and beautiful demoiselles hovering over the river.
On the bridge, listen for water voles rustling among the dense plants, and for the distinctive ‘plop’ as they enter the water. Water voles used to be common on rivers across England, but because their habitat is being destroyed and fragmented they are now rare. Thanks to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the area around Greystones now has one of the largest populations of water voles in the Cotswolds.
Buildings for bats and birds
We’ve created homes for bats, owls and other birds at Greystones. Common and soprano pipistrelles, Natterer’s bats, long-eared bats and lesser horseshoe bats roost and search for food around the yards at Greystones. Barn owls roost in the buildings and hunt for rodents and shrews in the rough grassland adjacent. Swallows and house martins nest in farm buildings and under eaves, gathering mud for their nests from the yard. Pied wagtails stalk the yards and roofs looking for insects.
The neighbouring lakes provide an additional, still-water habitat for wildlife, and are important for many species. You may see dragonflies, herons, egrets, cormorants, coots, great crested grebe, hobbies, and sedge warblers. Winter visitors include tufted ducks, pochard, goosander, mallards, mute swans, greylag and Canada geese.
Greystones has a history stretching back 6,000 years. Greystones has been officially recognised for its important archaeology, with the Neolithic and Iron Age area noted as a Scheduled Ancient Monument (this area is also known as Salmonsbury Camp).
Events space and pricing
How to get there:
Post code: GL54 2EN
Grid reference: SP 17294 20923
Head south on Fosse Way/Roman Road/A429. After 3.1 miles turn left onto Station Road. Parking is available in the Station Road car park (pay and display) on your right, behind the petrol station.
From here cross Station Road and turn left along the pavement. Then turn right onto the narrow lane between two houses (marked with a ‘no through road’ sign). Then turn left onto Greystones Lane and follow until you reach the farm.
Parking Capacity: Please park in the village and walk in to the farm. The nearest car park is the pay and display car park on Station Road (300m from Greystones). Some parking is available at the farm for people with limited mobility and wheelchair users.