Crich Chase Meadows Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationWhat3Words ///providing.reapply.earphones Parking on Top Hagg Lane/Chadwick Nick Lane is on-road parking
No cycle or horse access permitted on site, and ground conditions not suitable for wheelchairs/prams.
When to visit
Opening timesAll year round
Best time to visitSpring/summer for wildflowers and autumn for fungi
About the reserve
Crich Chase Meadows is a herb rich lowland meadow and lowland dry acid grassland which is managed primarily by cattle grazing. Fertilisers have never been applied which has resulted in the meadows becoming rich in plants and fungi that attracts a wide variety of birds, insects and plenty of other wildlife.
Visit during spring time and see the meadows become rich with an abundance of birdsfoot trefoil with their bright yellow slipper like flowers, patches of sheep’s sorrel and hawk-bits. The ancient woodland floor of Smith’s Rough, becomes carpeted in a sea of bluebells, wood anemones and wild garlic creating a mix of scents in the air. Listen and you’ll hear a drumming sound upon the trees made by the great spotted woodpeckers and the loud call of nuthatches. Look to the skies and see migrant warblers who return to breed amongst the grassland scrub.
In summer you’ll find wood sage and devil’s bit scabious blooming with its blue delicate flowers. The abundance of wildflowers across the meadows attracts a high number of butterfly species, including the white letter hairstreak, dingy skipper, wall, meadow brown, gatekeeper and many more. Once autumn arrives, fungi begins to sweep through the grassland. You’ll find parrot, snowy and ballerina waxcaps, pinkgills, meadow coral and earth-tongue fungi dotted around the meadows.