There are areas across the site covered by different species of hay meadow, there is even a population of the scarce meadow saffron, which is also called Autumn Crocus as it flowers in autumn.
Much of the grassland along the western side of the reservoir, through which you can walk, is maintained as traditional hay meadow. The meadow supports a diverse range of plants and invertebrates, such as butterflies, bugs, bees, hoverflies and flies.
During summer, you can see flowers that used to be common on farmland, such as ox eye daisy, common knapweed, meadow vetchling, bird’s foot trefoil and salad burnett, as well as the scarcer grass vetchling and corky fruited water dropwort.
This traditional hay meadow is of significant wildlife importance locally and is maintained by our rangers who cut the grass once a year and ensure no pesticides or insecticides are applied to the land. The hay is then fed to the horses on site as supplementary winter feed.