Fox Fritillary Meadow nature reerve

By Steve Aylward.

Fox Fritillary Meadow Nature Reserve

Please note: Public access on open days only - ring 01473 890089 for details

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

Location

Near Framsden
Stowmarket
Suffolk

OS Map Reference

TM190609
A static map of Fox Fritillary Meadow Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

Free - public access only on open day

Grazing animals

Sheep graze after hay cut

Walking trails

Public access on open day only - ring 01473 890089 for details.

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.

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs.

Public access on open day only. 

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

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). For more information please telephone 01473 890089.

Best time to visit

April to May

About the reserve

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.

Contact us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01473 890089

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)