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Blagrove Common

One of the finest areas of marshy grassland in Hertfordshire where orchids abound.

Blagrove Common is one of the few remaining areas of unimproved marshy grassland in Hertfordshire. It is bisected by a stream and varies from marshy to dry neutral grassland. The marshy areas are dominated by rushes and tufted hairs grass. Amongst these, large numbers of early marsh, southern marsh and common spotted orchids and a variety of their hybrids can be found. The drier areas of the common support meadow fox tail grasses, common cat's ear and common sorrel amongst many other species.


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Nearby nature reserves

Hawkins Wood
1 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Fox Covert
4 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Ashwell Quarry and Quarry Springs
6 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Green End near Sandon
Map reference
TL 328 337
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Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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3.90 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Public footpaths around the reserve which are accessible at all times. Gently sloping hillside; steeper walk into the meadow. Very wet in winter.
Walking information
Conditions are easy but wet in places, so wellington boots are advised. Three public footpaths cross the common. Closeby: Hertfordshire Way
Park on edge of green or in layby on Beckfield Lane. Enter reserve from public footpath leading past house.
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Longhorn cattle
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901