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Winks Meadow

Winks Meadow is rich in wild flowers. It supports a wide range of plants characteristic of ancient unimproved grassland including a number of species that are scarce in Suffolk such as: spiny restharrow, sulphur clover and quaking grass.

The meadow supports seven species of orchid

Winks Meadow is rich in wild flowers. It supports a wide range of plants characteristic of ancient unimproved grassland including a number of species that are scarce in Suffolk such as: spiny restharrow, sulphur clover and quaking grass.

The first to flower in late spring and early summer are twayblade, early-purple and green-winged orchid. Later in the summer common spotted, bee, and pyramidal orchid appear together with the only colony of frog orchid in Suffolk.

To maintain the diversity of wild flowers, the meadow is either summer grazed with cattle or cut for hay, followed by aftermath grazing.

The hedge surrounding the meadow is a great wildlife habitat and there is a particularly fine stretch bordering the road. The many shrub species include spindle, field maple and dogwood and its dense structure makes it excellent nesting habitat.

The hedges are maintained by trimming or coppicing, which encourages dense regrowth. Winks Meadow is owned and cared for by Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Plantlife generously supported its purchase. 

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Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Meadow
Species
Twayblade, Early Purple Orchid, Green-winged Orchid

Nearby nature reserves

Church Farm Marshes
8 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Darsham Marshes
10 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Framlingham Mere
10 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Off Christmas Lane, Metfield.Between Diss and Halesworth
Harleston
Suffolk
IP20 0JZ
Map reference
TM303799
Great for...
spring flowers
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times.
Size
1.40 hectares
Access
No

Access through a narrow kissing gate, with a short walk from the parking space.

Please note dogs must be on a lead. No dogs permitted during when livestock are summer grazing (July- August).

Walking information
Short walk from parking place back down Nunn's Lane to kissing gate at Western end of reserve. The meadow can stand wet in places. When visiting, please keep to the edge of the meadow to prevent damage to the flora and the hay crop
Parking
Parking at end of Nunn's Lane where lane becomes wide concrete hardstanding please ensure your vehicle does not block the farm vehicle access
Dogs
Guide dogs only
Grazing animals
Sheep or cattle graze depending on season

No dogs permitted on site during grazing please (July-August)

Reserve manager
Susan Stone
Tel: 01473 890089