Date(s) - July 14, 2023
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Meeting at Wessington Pasture, our resident warden and butterfly expert will guide you on a walk which takes in the best the reserve has to offer.
Take in ancient Perry Pear trees and see if you can spot signs of Hazel dormice and badgers. You will almost certainly see a good variety of butterfly species.
The guided walk will take you across Ail Meadow, a lowland pasture covering just over 14 acres and Nupend which sits astride a steep sided ridge of Wenlock limestone. Ancient semi-natural woodland is an important feature with plenty of oak, ash and yew trees. There are occasional wild cherry, holly and wild service trees. Good flora include a number of lime loving plants such as Great Butterfly Orchid, stinking Iris, wild liquorice and Ploughman’s Spikenard. The meadow is full of Betony and marjoram . Marbled Whites and silver Washed Fritillaries are also found in July.
To compliment the day, you will be invited to picnic at the beautiful Common Hill. A full picnic lunch will await you and will be a great opportunity to stop and refuel before completing the experience.