This reserve, which is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), is owned by the Trust and was purchased in two sections, the first in November 1983 and the second in August 1985. The reserve is an area of unimproved grassland covering 6.5 hectares.
About the Reserve
The flora is diverse and varies due to differences in management and hydrology. Damper areas support species such as meadowsweet, ragged robin, water avens, lady’s mantle and meadow fescue. Drier land is characterised by yellow rattle, bulbous buttercup, glaucous sedge, quaking grass and downy oat grass. The adjacent disused railway embankments support a mixture of calcareous grassland and scrub, while hedgerows provide a habitat for woodland plants including ramsons and dog’s mercury.
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The site has recently been fenced throughout and a regime of both grazing and annual cutting of hay has been established. The control of scrub and coarse vegetation in the western fields is ongoing. The old hedgerows are currently being brought back into traditional management through laying and young trees are being planted in any gaps.
How to Get There
The reserve is on either side of Buttery Lane, a very narrow road from Skegby to Old Teversal, on the north side of a disused railway track, map reference SK492616. If using satnav. enter NG17 3EB and follow the preceding directions. Limited car parking is available at the two entrances on Buttery Lane and care must be taken to avoid blocking the road.
If you would like further details about the reserve, or if you are interested in getting involved in the management of the site, please call the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust office on 0115 958 8242.