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Royal Wootton Bassett SN5 5EF
Grid Ref – SU039854

Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs
Dogs on leads welcome
15.39 hectares

Echo Lodge Reserve Map

Visit these three meadows in spring and summer for their vivid wild flower displays.

Wood Field is a large area of grassland that was a part of Webb’s Wood until the area was cleared during the 1950s.

Skinner’s Ground and Ditch Field are much older, sheltered, flower-rich meadows laying either side of Woodridge Brook, which has its own special habitat and forms much of the southern boundary.

Skinner’s Ground has the most wild flowers - more than 80 species have been seen here. Orchids include pyramidal, heath spotted orchid, southern marsh, early purple and green-winged.

In the middle is a pond, overhung by an old oak pollard, where gipsywort can be found.

Adjacent Webb’s Wood provides a woodland edge which is favoured by butterflies - the purple hairstreak, white admiral, purple emperor and silver-washed fritillary to name a few.

A small copse contains the uncommon small-leaved lime. Spot the delicate spindles of enchanter's nightshade.

More than 400 species of fungi can be found on the reserve, so look closely at old trees, dead wood stumps and rotting logs - places you are most likely to find them.

Barn owl, snipe, woodcock and raven are present.

In July we cut hay in Skinner’s Ground and Ditch Field and then graze with cattle or sheep in the autumn to control the more vigorous grasses. Wood Field has fewer flowers so we mostly manage it by grazing, which benefits insects.

Pyramidal orchid © Rob Large Snipe © Margaret Holland White admiral © Stephen Davis  Enchanters nightshade © Phil Sellens

Access - Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. Dogs on leads are welcome.


If driving - Leave Royal Wootton Bassett on the B4042 towards Brinkworth and Malmesbury. Take second right (Wood Lane) 1.5 miles after the motorway underpass signposted Minety. About 0.5 miles along Wood Lane, after crossing a small bridge, turn right down a track signed as bridleway to car park. Reserve entrance and information board are on the right at the entrance to the car park.

If using bus –  Route 31 travels from Malmesbury to Swindon via Callow Hill and Royal Wootton Bassett. At Callow Hill there is a crossroads - opposite Callow Hill is Wood Lane. Walk 10 minutes northwards on Wood Lane and Echo Lodge is on right. Visit

If cycling – Follow National Cycle Route 254 along Wood Lane until right turn into track, as above. Visit

Nearby reservesThe Firs, Ravensroost Wood

What to see locally - Lydiard Park and Mansion (4 miles), Cotswold Water Park (6 miles), North Meadow National Nature Reserve (6 miles), Keynes Park (6 miles).

Echo Lodge locational map
(Photo: Summer flowers at Echo Lodge © Steve Day)