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Church Meadow Nature Reserve, Needham Market

General Details

Once part of the formal gardens of a large manor house that stood next to St Mary’s Church, Church Meadow now supports a variety of wildlife. The hedgerows are full of small birds in spring with Whitethroat and Yellowhammer commonly heard. The meadows support many wild flowers and recently southern marsh orchids have made a welcome reappearance. The upper meadow is bright with buttercups in early summer. In the lower meadow the small pond supports many dragonflies whilst grass snakes can sometimes be seen around its edges.

Some of the features of the former gardens still survive - a symmetrical field, a round pond, levelled embankments and the edges of the formal lake though nature has quickly reclaimed the once manicured grounds.

Visitors are welcome to enter the fenced meadows but must keep dogs on a lead as there are often grazing animals present.

Who to contact

Church Meadow Nature Reserve website

Where to go

Area served
Needham Market

Other details

Age Groups
Adults, Young people
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access, Low vision resources, Adapted Toilet
Related links
Church Meadow Nature Reserve leaflet
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