Bickford Meadows

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10 acres of wet grassland.

The Meadows form part of a small strip of wet grassland and woodland flanking this stretch of the Whiston Brook. These habitats are now an oasis in an agricultural desert.

Bickford Meadows still contain a wide variety of wet grassland plants such as ragged robin, common valerian, brooklime, greater burnet, marsh marigold and common spotted orchid. The fringes of the Brook are covered in ramsons during the spring and plants such as marsh willowherb, meadowsweet and primrose in the summer.

Considering the size of the reserve, a remarkable range of birds may be seen or heard. Most obvious are the lively warblers (chiffchaff, whitethroat, garden and willow warbler) which are regular breeding residents. Evening visitors may be fortunate to hear the resident pair of tawny owls.

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The site is situated three miles west of Penkridge - midway between the villages of Mitton and Lapley. Given its isolated location, Bickford Meadows is probably one of the most difficult Trust nature reserves to find.


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