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Hunsdon and Eastwick Meads

One of the finest surviving meadows in Hertfordshire, farmed in the same way for hundreds of years, where orchids and other wildflowers thrive.

An area of common land between the River Stort and the Stort Navigation, this is one of the finest surviving unimproved grassland sites in the county. In April and May it is yellow with cowslips and marsh marigolds, followed by yellow rattle, ragged robin and lady's smock. Green-winged orchids grow here and skylarks breed.


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Nearby nature reserves

Hunsdon Mead Nature Reserve
0 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Rye Meads
2 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
3 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

One mile north east of Roydon
CM19 5EH
Map reference
TL 414 105
Great for...
getting away from it all
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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28.00 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Living Landscape schemes
The Stort Valley
Access to the reserve is open at all times. Some steps. Wheelchair access possible along the towpath.
Walking information
Between March and July please do not walk across or into the Mead itself until the hay is cut. Trampling damages the plants and also reduces the value of the grass as hay for the farmer. During this period please keep to the towpath or walk in single file along the permissive path beside the River Stort.
The easiest parking is at Roydon rail station.
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901