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Hartington Meadows

Meadows bursting with wildflowers and birdsong during the summer

Meadows bursting with wildflowers and birdsong during the summer
Hartington Meadows is bursting with the colour of wildflowers through the summer. The grassland is cut for hay in mid-July - this encourages meadow flowers such as hay rattle and meadow vetchling. Different flowers grow on the rock outcrops - among them are clustered bellflower and dropwort. The rough grassland also provides breeding sites for skylark and ground-nesting birds. Various orchids and other limestone flowers thrive in and around the disused limestone quarry, while its faces provide breeding sites for cliff-nesting birds such as kestrel and jackdaw.


Play WIld rating:

 Play Wild other than between April and late June and avoid the quarries. 

To find out more about our Play Wild programme see here

Species and habitats

Grassland, Meadow

Nearby nature reserves

Castern Wood
5 miles - Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Hoe Grange Quarry
5 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Weag's Barn
5 miles - Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

East of Hartington Station, south of the B5054.
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Opening Times
Open at all times
33.00 hectares
Walking information
Because of the dangerous state of their faces, there is no access to the quarries.
Park at Hartington Station car park on the Tissington Trail
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188