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Lapwing by Darin Smith

Snakeshead fritillaries in April

Clattinger Farm is particularly breathtaking in June, when the wildflower meadows are awash with colour and rare species.

Each meadow has its own character and a walk around the nature reserve will offer a glimpse of some extremely rare plants.

Come in late April to see the fragile, nodding heads of the snakeshead fritillary. Once this beautiful flower was common enough to pick by the armload, but now it survives only in a few protected spots.

Other treasures are the downy-fruited sedge, a Red Data Book plant, and the nationally scarce burnt orchid.

Other interesting wild plants include meadow saffron, pyramidal orchid, green-winged orchid, early purple and southern marsh orchids, tubular water-dropwort, adder's-tongue fern and great burnet.

The hedgerows are rich with different species - pedunculate oak, ash, field maple, aspen, crack willow, black poplar, wild privet, blackthorn, hawthorn, crab apple, guelder rose, spindle, wayfaring tree, buckthorn, sallow, hazel and black poplar The forester moth and brown hairsteak butterflies use the reserve and in winter wading birds such as teal, lapwing and snipe forage on the wet meadows.

Bats hunt at night for insects and those known to use the reserve include Natterer's, Daubenton's, Bechstein's, lesser horseshoe, soprano pipistrelle and brown long-eared.

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Access from Lower Moor Farm - SN16 9TW

OS Map grid reference - SU007939

Nearest town – Malmesbury

Access –Reserve not suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Size – 60.33 hectares/149 acres

Status – designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, and forms part of a Special Area of Conservation

Habitats – hay and wildflower meadows

Don't miss - snakeshead fritillaries in late April; downy fruited sedge; orchids

Walks - Tips for walkers

Other reserves nearbyLower Moor Farm, Sandpool Farm and Oaksey Moor Farm

 

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