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Leicestershire's National Nature Reserves

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Charnwood Lodge

Charnwood Lodge is an important geological site, with rocks that are amongst the oldest in England. Around 600 million years ago Charnwood was part of a volcanic island chain.

Main habitats: geological

Area: 80 hectares

Management: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Features of interest

Further information about the NNR, its wildlife and features of interest is on the Charwood Lodge page on the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust website.

Directions

The reserve lies 3 kilometres east of Whitwick and 3 km north of Copt Oak, to the west of the M1.

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust members and other permit holders can access the reserve from Abbey Road (on the east side about 0.5 kilometres from the Forest Rock Public House junction). Cars should be parked on the side of the farm track.

Other visitors can access the reserve from the Warren Hills Road where there is limited parking in the layby.

Contact

Significant areas of this important and sensitive nature reserve have no public access. Other areas have limited access to Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust members and other permit holders only. For a map, contact Neil Pilcher on 0116 248 7363 or e-mail npilcher@lrwt.org.uk.

Cribbs Meadow

The reserve was once a single field, part of a local field pattern thought to have been created by the enclosure of Edmonthorpe Parish in 1580. The meadow, together with the field to the north, was ‘glebe’ land belonging to the vicar of Edmonthorpe.

Main habitats: lowland grassland

Area: 4 hectares

Management: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Features of interest

Further information about the NNR, its wildlife and features of interest is on the Cribbs Lodge Meadow page on the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust website.

Directions

The reserve lies 5 kilometres east of the village of Wymondham on the Leicestershire/ Lincolnshire border. Take the minor road east out of Wymondham towards Thistleton. After 5 kilometres turn right onto the Sewstern to Thistleton road and park on the right hand verge between the junction and the site of the former railway bridge. You can enter the reserve through hand gates, one north of the former railway bridge, the other immediately to the south of it. Remember to close these gates after use, otherwise stock may get on to the road.

Contact

Email: info@lrwt.org.uk
Telephone: 0116 272 0444

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
Brocks Hill Environment Centre
Washbrook Lane
Oadby
Leicester
LE2 5JJ

Muston Meadows

Muston Meadows is one of the finest lowland meadows in England. The meadows are rich in plant life, with 33 types of grass and over 100 other species of flowering plant. The reserve is most notable for its colony of over 10,000 green-winged orchids.

Main habitats: lowland grassland

Area: 9 hectares

Features of interest

The meadows contain a wealth of wildlife, including invertebrates, amphibians and birds. The site supports a variety of insects, including many butterflies and moths. Ponds - originally dug to provide water for grazing animals - are now home to dragonflies, frogs and the rare great-crested newt.

Skylarks and meadow pipits build their nests in the long grass, while yellowhammers, linnets and whitethroats nest in hedgerows.

There are large numbers of small mammals such as bank and field voles, and on summer evenings bats can be seen hunting for insects over the site.

The old ridge and furrow meadows are managed in the same way today as they have been for generations, with hay cut in July followed by grazing throughout late summer and autumn. No man-made fertilisers or pesticides have ever been used on these fields.

The best time to visit the site is during May, for the green-winged orchids.

Directions

The reserve is 1 kilometre south of Muston village, 3 kilometres south east of Bottesford and 10 kilometres west of Grantham. The Grantham Canal passes the southern boundary of the reserve close to Longore Bridge.

By car, access to the reserve is via minor roads from the A52. The minor road from Muston to Stenwith (1 kilometre to the east) passes near the eastern boundary of the reserve.

There is a mainline train station in Grantham and a station in Bottesford).

There are bus services from Grantham to Bottesford, along the A52. There is an infrequent service from Bottesford to Muston. See see Lincolnshire County Council’s Bus Travel.

Stenwith is on Cycle Network Route 15 and close to the Belvoir Ride Link to Route 15.