Know before you go
Parking informationNo official parking. Park in Sarratt Bottom or Latimer – follow the Chess Valley walk for around 0.5 miles.
Grass paths. The ground can be wet and marshy during the winter.
Access to the reserve is from the Chess Valley Walk. Please note that there is no public access to the top meadow.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril 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.
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.
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).