An exquisite combination of streamside fen and meadow, woodland, hedgerows and flower-rich limestone grassland
This peaceful reserve is made up of an L-shaped meadow with a stream and a small woodland copse. Beautiful views of the wet meadow can be enjoyed from the wildlflower-rich limestone grassland Tuckhill Meadow's higher valley slopes.
Life in the stream and fen
A stream, where kingfishers can sometimes be spotted, runs through the longest leg of the reserve. The southern marsh-orchid has reappeared here after restoration work by BBOWT. The fen lies alongside the stream, marked by marsh-marigold, meadowsweet and great willowherb.
Dragonflies of the old channel
The stream runs into Tuckmill Brook. In the 12th century, its course was altered to help power a tucking mill. Tucking was the local word for beating cloth in a mixture of fuller's earth and water to increase its density. The remains of the original brook's line can be seen meandering across this part of the reserve. Dragonflies and damselflies are plentiful in the wetter areas.