North Meadow is Open

Natural England have re-opened the meadow which has now dried sufficiently to avoid compaction damage from visitors to the site.

If you visit, Natural England require you to stay on the path and keep your dog on a short lead. This is to protect ground nesting birds which are easily disturbed reducing breeding success. North Meadow NNR is home to over 100 bird species. Some nest on the ground such as skylarks, curlews, yellow wagtail others very close to the ground in the river and ditch margins such as reed warbler, reed bunting, grasshopper warbler and sedge warbler

Many are unaware, but the law says that you must keep your dog on a lead no longer than 2 metres between 1st March and 31st July, when on any open access land to protect ground-nesting birds.

North Meadow Closure Extended to 13th June

Natural England have extended the closure of North Meadow until 13th June. Ground conditions are still very soft putting the meadow at risk of compaction damage. River levels have dropped and the meadow is drying quickly. It  may be possible for the meadow to be re-opened in a few days.

Check back here to find out when North Meadow is open again. It will be re-opened as soon as ground conditions are suitable.