After a very dry February the rain over the last 3 weeks has raised the river levels and flooded the meadow which is now impassable and very muddy. We expect the flooding to recede quickly at this time of year and a few dry days will make the meadow accessible again in time for the spectacular flowering of the Snakes Head Fritillaries in mid-April.
The Snakes Head Fritillaries have started to emerge in great numbers but at this stage they still look like a blade of grass. It is still too early to see flowering fritillaries. If you do visit please ensure you stay on the marked paths as the newly emerged plants are very difficult to see and easily damaged. If you bring a dog it is important to keep it on a short lead as dogs will also damage these rare plants and will disturb ground nesting birds if they leave the path.
The Cricklade Bloomers Fritillary Tea Rooms will be open for 2 weekends 15/16th April and 22/23rd April. They serve drinks and light lunches and are open 11.00am to 4.00pm. They are located next to Town Bridge at the North Meadow end of Cricklade High Street. The tea rooms raise funds for Cricklade Bloomers volunteer activities around the Town.
Check Fritillary Watch for further updates over the coming days.