Mickfield meadow nature reserve Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Mickfield meadow nature reserve Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Mickfield meadow nature reserve Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Mickfield meadow nature reserve Suffolk Wildlife Trust

By Steve Aylward

Mickfield Meadow Nature Reserve

Mickfield Meadow is a stunning flower-rich hay meadow that has never been sprayed or fertilised.

Location

Wetheringsett Road, Mickfield
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 5LN

OS Map Reference

TM143633
A static map of Mickfield Meadow Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Grazing animals

Sheep graze after hay cut

Walking trails

Short walk along field margin to meadow from road.  Please park considerately and be aware that at hay cutting time  the access gate must not be blocked. To avoid damage to the flora and hay crop, please keep to the edge of the meadow. Please clear up after your dog. 

Access

Please note that access to the reserve is along an uneven field margin and through a kissing gate

Not suitable for wheelchairs

Dogs

On a lead
Please clear up after your dog

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times. Best to visit before hay cut in July.

Best time to visit

April to June (before hay cut or grazing)

About the reserve

Mickfield Meadow is a stunning flower-rich hay meadow that has never been sprayed or fertilised. As a result it contains a host of wildflowers, many of which are now scarce in Suffolk. To maintain this rich flora, the meadow is managed by a summer hay cut and then grazing the late summer growth. The unusual mix of plants growing here adds to its botanical interest.

In parts of the meadow you can see goldilocks buttercup and the low growing wood anemone – both plants more usually associated with ancient woodlands. In the wetter parts look for marshland flowers like ragged-robin and meadowsweet.

The boundary hedges are maintained by a combination of trimming and coppicing. This involves periodically cutting sections to the ground, which encourages re growth and creates a long living, dense hedge that is great for wildlife.

Contact us

Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01473 890089

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map