North Meadow

North Meadow National Nature Reserve is a lowland hay meadow (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis) and is considered to be one of the best areas of this type of habitat in the United Kingdom. Some 98% of this habitat has been lost to agricultural improvement since the end of the second world war and less than 1500 hectares remain today.

It is still traditionally managed and has a rich diversity of flora and fauna which is summarised in this section.

Local sightings of flora and fauna are posted under Species Records , the most recent of which are shown below.

Recent Sightings on North Meadow

Common Darter Dragonfly

This male Common Darter Dragonfly was seen flying over the River Thames at the top of North Meadow, occasionally resting...
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Common Darter Dragonfly

Scarlet Tiger Moth

I disturbed this brightly coloured day flying moth in several locations on my walk this morning. (more…)
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Scarlet Tiger Moth

Large Skipper

Saw several Large Skipper butterflies on Friday. The slight chequered pattern on the wings and the prominent dark line (sex...
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Large Skipper

Hawthorn

Hawthorn, also known as the May-tree, due to its flowering period, it is the only British plant named after the...
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Hawthorn

Fritillaria meleagris

The Snakes Head Fritillaries are now in full bloom for the 2019 season.
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Fritillaria meleagris

Goat Willow

Noticed this Goat Willow next to the River Thames last week on the first of our monthly “Bee Walks”. It...
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Goat Willow