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Fox Fritillary Meadow

Fox Fritillary Meadow is an ancient floodplain. It is the largest of four remaining sites for the snake's head fritillary in Suffolk.

Displays of up to 300,000 nodding purple-chequered and white flower heads

The largest of only four remaining snake’s head fritillary sites in Suffolk, this reserve is an ancient floodplain meadow. Fritillaries thrive in land that periodically floods. In spring the emergence of the grass like foliage is soon followed by displays of up to 300,000 nodding purple-chequered and white flower heads in mid April to early May.

Eighteen fritillary sites were known in Suffolk in 1889, but sadly most have been lost through drainage or ploughing. The fritillaries bloom alongside early meadow flowers such as cowslip and cuckoo flower.

Visiting this meadow is only possible at an annual open event which we aim to hold during the fritillary flowering period.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland
Species
Snake's-head Fritillary, Cowslip, Cuckooflower

Nearby nature reserves

Martins' Meadows
3 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Mickfield Meadow
3 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Brooke House
4 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Near Framsden
Stowmarket
Suffolk
Map reference
TM188607
Great for...
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - May
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Opening Times
Visiting this meadow is only possible at an annual open event which we aim to hold during the fritillary flowering period (usually mid to late April). The annual open day is Saturday 19 April 2014 from 2.30pm to 5pm. This event is free but donations are welcome. For more information please telephone 01473 890089. (Please note, the office is closed from Good Friday to Easter Monday).
Size
2.40 hectares
Access
Permit required

Access on open day only. Uneven and sloping path can be muddy.
Walking information
Access grass/track and steep slope, 400 metres from parking to meadow. To avoid damage to the flora and hay crop, please keep to the edge of the meadow. Ground conditions can be very wet.
Parking
Only by arrangement
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Sheep graze after hay cut
Reserve manager
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01473 890089
info@suffolkwildlifetrust.org