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Oxley Meadow Nature Reserve

This 8 acre reserve consists of two flower-rich meadows with a really large colony of Green Winged Orchids, the larger meadow is almost completely surrounded by wide hedgerows with a number of mature Oaks.

This 8 acre reserve consists of two flower-rich meadows, the larger one almost completely surrounded by wide luxuriant hedgerows. A large colony of Green-winged Orchids are abundant across the meadows, and Adders-tongue Fern is perhaps more numerous than anywhere else in Essex.

What to look for:

Every year the green-winged orchids produce a sea of purple spikes from April to June. The site is managed by the traditional method of taking a late summer hay cut and aftermath grazing with horses and sheep. The continued success of the orchids, along with many other plant species associated with hay meadows, is an indication that the right type of management is being implemented.

The meadows also support the commoner grassland butterflies, and the hedgerows provide nesting sites for a wide variety of birds, notably the Lesser Whitethroat.

Access

Accessible at all times. No dogs.

Public Transport - Regular buses from Colchester to Maldon stop at Tiptree; the reserve is about one mile away along footpaths.

Directions - From the A12 take the B1023 towards Tiptree, continuing through the village and down Factory Hill to a Y junction, where you take the left fork (Brook Road becoming Barnhall Road) towards Mersea. Turn down Park Lane (first turning on left after telephone box) and the reserve entrance is second opening on the left. Limited parking on the grassed area at the front of the reserve when conditions allow.

 

Did you know?

Oxley Meadows is one of the few places in Essex where you can see Green-winged Orchids and Adderstongue Fern in such abundance during springtime.

 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Meadow

Nearby nature reserves

Tiptree Heath Nature Reserve
2 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Abbotts Hall Farm
3 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
3 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Oxley Meadows
Nature Reserve
Tolleshunt Knights
near Tiptree
Essex
Map reference
TL 918 149
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Accessible at all times.
Size
3.24 hectares
Parking
Limited parking on the grassed area at the front of the reserve when conditions allow
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960
admin@essexwt.org.uk