A small but wildlife-rich site with diverse habitats, Buxford Meadow is a real hidden gem, tucked away on the outskirts of Ashford.
Wet meadow, wet woodland, pond, river.
Owned by Ashford Borough Council
Part of the Ashford Green Corridor Local Nature Reserve, Local Wildlife Site
Facilities available at this site
About the Site
Buxford Meadow is adjacent to the Great Stour and a millstream for Buxford Mill flows through it. The site consists of a wet meadow with scattered white willow, crack willow and goat willow. In the middle of the meadow there is a pond whose margins consist predominantly of reedmace, the pond supports a diverse array of wildlife including common frogs, toads and smooth newts. Twelve species of dragonfly have been recorded at the site (25% of all UK species) and 54 moth species including the nationally notable Webbs Wainscot, whose caterpillars develop in reedmace. The site is also ideal for small mammals – field vole and pygmy shrew have been recorded in the grassland and woodmouse and bank vole in the woodland. There is an area of wet woodland incorporating ash, alder, english oak and grey willow. The wet glades support large areas of water mint. The Stour Valley Walk passes through the wood leading to Great Chart and beyond.
From Tithe Barn Lane in Singleton, turn onto Bucksford Lane. Follow to the end where there is a car park. Walk back down the lane – the entrance to the meadow will be on your right just after the bridge over the river.
The “A Line” bus route runs along Tithe Barn Lane
National Cycle Route 18 runs near the site
Transport Links to this site
Buxford Meadow Photo Gallery
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