Rushy Mead Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationVery limited parking on the side of the road
Walks around and links up with the Stort navigation path
Can be wet and boggy at times
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
Listen to beautiful Sedge and Reed warblers sheltering in the dense reedbeds during the summer, whilst secretive Snipe and Water Rail are found silently walk along the edges over winter. Lined with bright Marsh Marigold flowers, the ditches have allowed Water Voles to establish in good numbers, and a number of Dragonflies and water beetles are seen here in the summer months.
The northern end of the reserve has developed into a mature woodland that is a particularly good area for birds, including sightings of the rare Willow Tit. There are also areas of chalky grassland that support a variety of wildflowers including Bee Orchids and Wild Carrot.
Did you know?
The name Rushy Mead comes from an old tithe map showing the site as riverside meadows