Buxford Meadow

Introduction

Buxford Meadow

A small but wildlife-rich site with diverse habitats, Buxford Meadow is a real hidden gem, tucked away on the outskirts of Ashford.

Key habitats:
Wet meadow, wet woodland, pond, river.

Ownership/management:
Owned by Ashford Borough Council

Size:
4.7 ha

Designations:
Part of the Ashford Green Corridor Local Nature Reserve, Local Wildlife Site

Facilities available at this site

  • Parking

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.

Visiting

By car

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.

By bus

The “A Line” bus route runs along Tithe Barn Lane

By bike

National Cycle Route 18 runs near the site

 

Transport Links to this site

  • Bike
  • Bus

Buxford Meadow Photo Gallery

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