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Alpine Meadow

A fine piece of chalk grassland in a wooded valley within the unspoilt Ashridge Woodlands.

This chalk grassland is rich in wildflowers and butterflies from spring to autumn. Primroses flourish around the woodland edge in spring and, later on, mouse-ear hawkweed, fairy flax and common spotted orchids can be seen. The warm sloping grassland attracts many insects in the summer, including the marbled white butterfly which is uncommon in Hertfordshire. The woodland to the south of the meadow supports birds such as green woodpeckers, finches and goldcrests which can be seen busily feeding in the winter months.


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Nearby nature reserves

Aldbury Nowers
3 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
College Lake
4 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
5 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

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Reserve information

Alpine Meadow
Map reference
SP 989 103
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Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
0.80 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Public footpath around the site which is open to the public all year round. Some steep slopes and muddy footpaths may make wheelchair access difficult, especially in winter months.
Walking information
Closeby: Chiltern Way; Hertfordshire Way
Park near Bridgewater School, Berkhamsted
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901