Knapweed

Hitchcock's Meadow Nature Reserve

Found on the rolling hills adjoining Danbury Common, Hitchcock's Meadow is wonderful mix of flower-rich ancient pasture, secondary woodland, scrubland and marsh

Location

Hitchcock's Meadow
Danbury
Essex
A static map of Hitchcock's Meadow Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Parking information

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Walking trails

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Access

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Dogs

Dogs permitted
Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Accessible at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

During spring, the Brokenback meadows are bursting with rare clovers, bright purple Knapweed, dainty Pignuts and a fantastic array of butterflies.

Stroll up to the top of Toots Hill, where you'll pass Heath Dog violets, Common Milkwort, delicate Eyebright flowers and Green-winged Orchids on your way to the peak, with amazing views across the surrounding countryside - on a clear day you may even see the North Downs!

Wander through Kentley's mead with it's patches of yellow Hoary Cinquefoil, Wood Sage and Sweet Briar, which after a rain produces a beautifully sweet apple scent.

The hedgerows that interlace the reserve are home to many nesting bird species in the spring, while in late summer Glow Worms dot the foliage. In the marsh, a purple patch of Devil's-bit Scabious grows amongst the emerald green of Giant Horsetail.

Hitchcock's Meadow is one of the Danbury Ridge Nature Reserves

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Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
SAC SSSI