Bishopswood Meadows, Bishopswood, Chard, Somerset

Bishopswood Meadows is a small nature reserve in the Blackdown Hills, looked after by Somerset Wildlife Trust. Five fields cover 23 acres on a gentle north facing slope with the River Yarty tripping along at the bottom; part of the reserve was used as a lime quarry in the 19th century and the remains of the stone built kiln can still be seen. Cowslips, quaking grass, dwarf thistles, early purple and common spotted orchids, ragged robin and marsh marigolds thrive in the lime rich grasslands; dormice live contentedly in the mixed native hedgerows, kingfishers, dippers and golden ringed dragonflies come to the river. It may look like just a few fields when you first get there, but take your time, sit and stare, look closely and you’ll be amazed at the plethora of wildlife that’s supported here. Nature aficionados will of course see the beauty straightaway.

The best time to visit Bishopswood Meadows is from May to September. Park in the village at Bishopswood, after your walk go to The Candlelight Inn for lunch.

All information correct at the time of writing

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