Walk wildflower meadows and step back in time
Walking in Distillery Meadows takes you back in time to a pre-war era when this area of north Wiltshire was made up of small, family-run farms.
The meadows take their name from a failed distillery venture, and they have been traditionally farmed for more than 60 years.
Some fields were used for grazing while others were used for growing hay to provide winter feed for cattle. The farm was never modernised and the only fertiliser ever used was the farm’s own manure.
The fields dedicated to producing hay are the best for wildflowers – Wood Ground, Hill Ground and Ten Acres are each designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Mushroom Ground and Ring Ground are also SSSI and provide rushy damp grassland along the stream. In the summer months, the fields become a hazy mist of colour, and you can spot an interesting mix of flowers from orchids to common knapweed and sneezewort.
Warbler Meadows are a recent addition to the reserve and connect Distillery Meadows to Ravensroost Wood, thereby creating a green corridor that allows wildlife to move and feed safely. By joining up wildlife-rich land in this way we are creating living landscapes.
Home Ground and Sheep Ground have less wildlife interest.
Find out more about Distillery Meadows' wildlife or find out how we manage the reserve