Oxley Meadow Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationSpace for 2 cars - must open entrance gate to access
Accessible all year round
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitApril to June to see the Orchids
About the reserve
Wide hedgerows enclose these secret meadows, where from April-June the fields burst into a carpet of purple and yellow, as the Green-winged Orchids and the Meadow Buttercups bloom. Also keep an eye out for the Adders-tongue Fern which is more numerous on this reserve than anywhere else in Essex. The abundance of flowers supports a number of grassland butterflies and the hedgerows provide nesting sites for birds such as the Lesser Whitethroat.
The reserve is managed using traditional methods of taking a late summer hay cut and then grazed with sheep, which has allowed the continued success of these Orchids and other hay meadow species.
Did you know?
Every year we have our Annual Orchid Count, where volunteers will spend the day counting all of the Orchids in the meadow