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Wilwell Farm Cutting

Wilwell Farm Cutting This abandoned railway cutting is one of the best wild flower sites in Nottinghamshire with more than 230 species so far recorded and covers approximately eight hectares. The site has been nationally designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR). Spring and summer are the best times of year to enjoy the flowers and butterflies.

How to get to Wilwell Farm Cutting

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The reserve is just off the B680 between Ruddington and Wilford to the south of Nottingham. If travelling towards Ruddington, turn onto the farm track on the right just after the Ring Road bridge. If using SatNav, enter NG2 7UT and follow the preceding directions. There is limited parking space so please leave the road gate clear. If you follow the track, you will find the reserve entrance on the left past a wooded area and it is accessible via a gate or stile (SK568351).

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Both grassland and wetland plants are represented on the reserve. Grassland plants include large numbers of meadow saxifrage, green-winged orchid, cypress spurge, great burnet, wild carrot and eyebright, all of which are rare in the county. Also found are cowslips, yellow wort, common centaury, St John's wort, ox-eye daisy, yellow rattle, knapweed, field forget-me-not and white dog violet. Small colonies of twayblade also exist.

The wetland areas have declined markedly since the 1980s, but a cleared marsh area has increased numbers of cuckoo flower, ragged robin, fool’s watercress and water figwort. A population of southern marsh orchids still flourishes around the site as well as hemp agrimony, despite the decline in water levels. Open water is only found in winter months.

There is a wide variety of grasses, sedges and rushes with more than 60 recorded. The site also contains a large number of tree species ranging from hawthorn to oak and many species of fungi, mosses and lichens.

Some 20 species of butterfly have been recorded, with gatekeeper, meadow brown, ringlet, small skipper, peacock and speckled wood most common. In a single evening, a moth survey recorded over 80 species.

Foxes are frequently seen as are rabbits and squirrels, and 91 species of bird have been recorded on the site during the year including sparrowhawk, little owl and green woodpecker. Various tits and wagtails, as well as common garden birds such as blackbirds and wrens make up the local population.

Management priorities are maintaining the grassland and open marsh. The grassland areas are managed by scrub control, burning and mowing. The track bed and open marsh areas are maintained through scrub control and sedge-cutting. A substantial area of woodland will always be retained.

For some more pictures of the reserve please visit our flickr set
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157626910640773/

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