Winks Meadow Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Grazing animalsThe meadow is either summer grazed or cut for hay and aftermath grazed
Short walk from parking place through one of the pedestrian gates situated at either end of the 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.
Please clear up after your dog.
Access through pedestrian gates at either end of the reserve
Not suitable for wheelchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to June (before hay cut or grazing)
About the reserve
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 or cut for hay, followed by aftermath grazing.
The hedge surrounding the meadow complements the grassland. 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.