The fritillaries are now flowering although they are still not at their peak as they have been held back by the cool weather.
Cricklade Bloomers are not able to run the Fritillary Tea Rooms this year but they will be selling cakes, plants and books in the courtyard next to the Thames Hall during the weekends on 17/18 April and 24/25 April. They will be there from 11.00am to 4.00pm.
The Thames Hall is at the end of Cricklade High Street close to the River Thames.
Update from Natural England – 9th April
Fritillaries are just starting to flower, we still estimate the main display to be around the 19th April.
The best area to see flowering fritillaries at the moment is the orange route.
PLEASE stick to waymarked paths – whilst you may think you are being careful having a closer look at a flower, there are actually far more non-flowering individuals which look like grass that are easily trampled. If you visit during peak flowering you can see the flowers close-up without stepping off the path. Each year paths are getting wider, meaning the display smaller!
Please also keep dogs on leads to protect the fritillaries and ground nesting birds.
TOP TIP – bring binoculars, this will enable you to see the true extent of the flowers further out in the meadow. We have placed a whiteboard at the entrance to the meadow giving up to date information on the best areas to see flowers.
Enjoy your visit!!
Natural England Reserve Manager