How to get to Ashton’s Meadow
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Ashton’s Meadow is located at SK787800 approximately halfway along Rampton Lane which runs between South Leverton and Treswell in north east Nottinghamshire. For SatNav purposes use DN22 0BT and follow the directions above.
Ashton's Meadow represents one of the few areas of unimproved pasture habitat in Nottinghamshire, and is maintained by a traditional method of allowing the grassland to grow throughout the spring and early summer, before cutting it back for hay in July. The livestock on site then keep the grass short through late summer and autumn before being removed just before Christmas, a method that maintains a wide variety of flora, moths and butterflies on the reserve.
Amongst the plant species you can expect to see are cowslip; the beautiful green-winged orchid with its rich purple flowers lined in emerald; yellow rattle on which yellow flowers give way to dry fruit whose seeds rattle when you shake them and the floral fried egg appearance of the oxeye daisy. The grassland also offers a home for moths and ground based species of butterfly like the meadow brown, the ringlet, and the attractive orange and brown gatekeeper.
The hedgerows around the site are another important habitat; look out for yellowhammers, a member of the bunting family whose almost luminously yellow head is a giveaway and has a song that goes “a-little-bit-of-bread-and-no-cheeeeese”. It is even said that the yellowhammer has another song that inspired Beethoven's 5th symphony!
Note that because of the livestock and nesting birds on site, dogs should be kept on a lead on at all times, and not allowed off the public footpath.
For some more pictures of the reserve please go to our flickr set:
Membership helps us maintain the site for the benefit of both people and wildlife.
Donations are also vital to help support our reserves, so please consider making a one off donation by texting NWTR01 £10 to 70070. [Feel free to vary the cash figure after the £sign.]
A public footpath crosses the site, running north-south, just inside the western boundary.
The reserve is open at all times.