Hunsdon Mead

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Hunsdon Mead: The 67 acre reserve provides a superb display of flowering plants. In April and May it is yellow with cowslips and marsh marigolds. As May gives way to June colours change continually, as plants such as yellow rattle, ragged robin, cuckoo flower, meadowsweet, bugle and many others flower in profusion. There are small colonies of green-winged orchid and adder's-tongue fern. Quaking grass and several uncommon sedge species are also present.

All the typical butterflies of hay meadow occur and the day-flying small yellow underwing moth is also established. Mayflies and dragonflies are much in evidence.

During the winter, when the Mead floods, large flocks of lapwing and golden plover come to feed along with other winter migrants.

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The reserve is about one mile north-east of Roydon and can be reached by following the Stort Navigation towpath from Roydon in the direction of Harlow ­ a walk of about one mile.

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