Long Herdon and Grange Meadows

Location: Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire

Grid Reference: SP 648 203

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One of the last unspoilt lowland wet meadows in Buckinghamshire.

Long Herdon and Grange Meadows are two adjacent hay meadows situated close to Marsh Gibbon in Buckinghamshire.

The two meadows form a flat expanse of grassland that lies alongside the River Ray and floods regularly in the winter. Both are cut for hay each summer, and are then grazed by cattle in the autumn. They are wonderfully rich in meadow flowers - including the occasional green-winged orchid!

Also notable are the numbers of wintering birds including curlew, redshank and lapwings. A number of butterflies are also present, including marbled white, meadow brown, small heath and small skipper.

Plantlife acquired Grange Meadow in 1991, while the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust is the owner of Long Herdon Meadow.

The reserve purchase was made possible by Unilever (Timotei).