Martins' Meadows Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Grazing animalsSheep graze after hay cut
Access is through a five bar gate, it’s a short walk around the meadows but this can be wet and uneven. To avoid damage to the flora and hay crop, please keep to the edge of the meadow. Ground conditions can be very wet. Please clear up after your dog.
Not suitable for wheelchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times. Best to visit before hay cut in July.
Best time to visitMarch to June ( before hay cut)
About the reserve
These three meadows are among the few flower-rich hay meadows still left in Suffolk. As they have never been fertilised, sprayed or drained, the site supports a wide range of wildflowers. To maintain the meadows’ diversity management is by a summer hay cut followed by aftermath grazing.
In spring and early summer, visitors can enjoy superb displays of wildflowers, including early-purple, green-winged and pyramidal orchids. In late summer the meadows bloom once more, this time with meadow saffron. Most of the hedges enclosing the site are at least 100 years old and contain many different species of trees and shrubs including field maple, hazel, hawthorn and spindle. They are maintained by rotational coppicing or laying, in which sections are periodically cut to the ground, encouraging them to re-grow and thicken to produce a dense hedge that is good for wildlife.
The reserve also has two orchards which include many local varieties of apple, along with pear, plum, quince, medlar and walnut.