Mickfield Meadow Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Grazing animalsSheep graze after hay cut.
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 note that access to the reserve is along an uneven field margin and through a kissing gate.
Not suitable for wheelchairs.
No drone flying without express permission.
(Permission will only be granted in exceptional circumstances)
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times. Best to visit before hay cut in July.
Best time to visitApril 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.