Stow Maries Halt Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationSpace for 2 cars
Grazing animalsSheep during late summer/autumn
Walk along the disused railway line and back through the meadow. Please keep dogs on a lead if sheep are grazing
Accessible at all times
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
At the entrance of the reserve the remains of the old railway platform are still visible, but now they are home to four uncommon species of fern; wall-rue, maidenhair spleenwort, black spleenwort and hartstongue.
The summer months see colourful common spotted orchids dotted around the reserve and rare adder's-tongue ferns nestled beside them. Look out for the array of insects here, including beautiful purple and white-letter hairstreaks. After the sun sets on a summers day, glow-worms will perform a spectacular light display show, as they’re scattered around the reserve.