Greystones is a 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.

Location

Greystones Lane

There is no public parking at Greystones. Please park in the village, which is no more than 10 minutes away on foot. If you are a Blue Badge holder please contact us in advance to book your parking place at Greystones.
Greystones: 01451 810853
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust head office: 01453 383333
info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk
GL54 2EN (postal and satnav)
A static map of Greystones

Know before you go

Size
66 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

There is no public parking at Greystones. Please park in the village, which is no more than 10 minutes away on foot. If you are a Blue Badge holder please contact us in advance to book your parking place at Greystones. Greystones: 01451 810853 Gloucesters

Bicycle parking

Not currently, but cyclists are very welcome

Grazing animals

Gloucester and Friesian cattle

Walking trails

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

Access

There is no public parking at Greystones. Please park in the village, which is no more than 10 minutes away on foot. If you are a Blue Badge holder please contact us in advance to book your parking place at Greystones.

Greystones: 01451 810853
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust head office: 01453 383333
info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk

The Visitor Centre and the path from here to our replica Iron Age Roundhouse are suitable for people in wheelchairs.

 

Dogs

Under effective control
We ask dog owners to note that this is access land and this means that dogs must be kept on short leads (2 metres or less) between 1st March and 31st July (as stated in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000). This is important because during this tim

Facilities

Visitor centre
Toilets
Shop
Cafe/refreshments
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities
Outdoor play area

When to visit

Opening times

Nature reserve: open 7 days a week year-round

Café and shop (October 2018): Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

Toilets and baby changing facilities (October 2018): Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm

Discovery Barn and Roundhouse (October 2018): please contact us to find out when these attractions will be open

Best time to visit

May 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.

Wild flowers

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.

Greystones’ rivers

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 rooves looking for insects. 

The lakes

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.

History

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).

Contact us

Please phone Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to register your interest.
Contact number: 01452 383333

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

How to get there:

Post code:  GL54 2EN

Grid reference: SP 17294 20923

From Stow-on-the-Wold:

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.