Royal Wootton Bassett SN4 8QR

25 hectares

With its abundance of wildflowers, Morningside Meadows, near Royal Wootton Bassett is a national treasure.  In summer the fields are ablaze with colour and the air is filled with wildflower perfume. There is a wealth of butterflies, crickets and pollinating insects, while birds nest in the mature hedgerows. 

In April 2019 we were delighted to announce that the meadows have been secured as a wildlife site, thanks to generosity of our supporters, and to a substantial grant from Biffa Award, which allowed us to raise the remaining funds to purchase the land and add it to our network of nature reserves across Wiltshire and Swindon.

Extensive areas of great burnet and drifts of betony, ladies bedstraw, bird's-foot trefoil, meadow sweet, meadow cranesbill, and knapweed are found at Morningside Meadows, as well as a variety of birds which nest in the hedgerows. If you're lucky, you may spot the bright blue flash of a kingfisher as it flies along the canal. House martins and swallows have also been seen at the reserve. 

Directions

Morningside Meadows can be easily reached along footpaths from Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon. There are two public footpaths crossing the site and there is a towpath along the Wilts & Berks Canal that runs through the site. There is a small parking area near to the canal bridge on Chaddington Lane. 

If driving

Follow the postcode SN4 8QR, and the entrance to the reserve will be on your right hand side just after the railway bridge.