Frogmore Meadows

Frogmore Meadows (c) Josh Kubale

Frogmore Meadows

A rare lowland meadow rich in wildflowers, set in the beautiful Chess Valley.

Location

Frogmore Meadow
Chenies
Hertfordshire
WD3 6ER

OS Map Reference

TQ 022 988
A static map of Frogmore Meadows

Know before you go

Size
10 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Parking information

No official parking. Park in Sarratt Bottom or Latimer – follow the Chess Valley walk for around 0.5 miles.

Walking trails

Grass paths. The ground can be wet and marshy during the winter.

Access

Access to the reserve is from the Chess Valley Walk. Please note that there is no public access to the top meadow. 

Dogs

On a lead
No dogs in enclosures. In other areas dogs are permitted on leads.

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

Frogmore Meadows Nature Reserve is nestled in the quiet Chess Valley, with partially-wooded hills gently rising around it. The reserve is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the rarity of its damp, unimproved neutral grassland habitat.

In 2018, due to a generous legacy gift from long-time Frogmore Meadow Volunteer Warden, Gerald Salisbury, the reserve was significantly extended to include the entire SSSI site and much of the surrounding grassland.

The soil at Frogmore Meadows supports a very good range of grasses and meadow flowers such as betony, Devil’s-bit scabious and ragged-robin. In the summer the meadows are a mass of beautiful wildflowers which are an important food source for many nectar-feeding insects such as bees and butterflies.

The Reserve is managed using traditional meadow management techniques such as grazing and hay cutting. This management regime helps the wildflowers, and the insects that depend upon them, to thrive.

To the south of the reserve the river Chess, one of Hertfordshire’s precious chalk streams, provides a home to many damselflies and dragonflies as well as elusive water voles.

Seasonal Highlights
Spring:
 Blackcap, bluebells, chiffchaff
Summer: Betony, meadowsweet, marbled white, southern marsh orchid, meadow brown, ragged robin, ringlet, valerian, yellow rattle.
Autumn/ Winter: Fieldfare, green woodpecker, little egret, redwing.

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Directions

Site entrance: There is a signposted gated entrance 30m from the Chess Valley Walk across an area of private
land. Please stay on the path.

Access by public transport
Bus:
352 – The Boot PH, Sarratt (1.6 miles).
Rail: Chalfont and Latimer or Chorleywood (2.8 miles).

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