Blagrove Common

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One of the finest areas of marshy grassland in Hertfordshire.

Blagrove Common is one of the few remaining areas of unimproved marshy grassland on poorly drained boulder clay. It is bisected by a stream and varies in wetness from marshy grasslands to dry neutral grassland.

The grasslands have been maintained for centuries by grazing. This form of management ensures that some scarcer species, such as orchids, survive instead of allowing the commoner more vigorous grasses to outcompete all others.

The drier areas support meadow foxtail grass, common cats ear and common sorrel among many other species.

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Head north on the A10. At Buckland turn left (Whitley Lane) towards Therfield. The road bears sharp right and follows the River Rib. Turn left at the next junction towards Sandon and then left again at the next junction towards Green End. There is a small green where a car can be parked on the edge. The reserve is entered from a small driveway leading past a gate house, sign-posted as a public footpath.


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