Shepreth L Moor

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Shepreth L Moor was given to the cottagers of Shepreth in 1823 to graze their livestock and the old footpaths and many ant hills indicate the area has been unploughed for centuries, providing enjoyment for generations of local people. This area of grassland is a patchwork of wet hollows with drier chalky areas created when the site was dug over for coprolites, its combination of scrub areas, a chalk stream and pollarded willows along the boundaries, has lead to the rich diversity of flowers and insects that makes the site so special. Where rabbits have nibbled the turf short there are mats of wild thyme and delicate purple harebell, with purple swathes of bugle, at their peak in May on either side of the railway line. Plants such as devils bit scabious, fen bedstraw, sedges and rushes grow in the wetter areas and many birds nest in the patches of scrub and feast on the berries in the autumn.

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5 miles from Royston. From the A10 between Royston and Cambridge turn into Shepreth. In the centre of the village turn left down Meldreth Road and the reserve is 300 m past the level crossing on the left. Park in the lay-by opposite the central entrance.


Train to Shepreth and walk three quarters of a mile.


Cambridge to Royston bus (Stagecoach), to Shepreth then walk 1 mile.


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Address: Shepreth L Moor, The Manor House, Broad Street, Great Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6DH, UK.
Phone: +44 1954 713500

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