Having to walk from the house and not being able to explore further a field has many of us finding all sorts of places within walking distance of our homes.
Whilst I had been to Mickfield Meadow before from home and as part of other drive to walks I had never experienced the snake head fritillaries throughout the meadow. This has been my favourite door step discovery so far and I’ve been back several times to take photos of the wildflowers in different sun light at different times of day.
Mickfield Meadow is a beautiful hay meadow that has never been sprayed or fertilised which means that it is home to an array of wildflowers many of which are now scarce in Suffolk. This wonderful meadow is managed by Suffolk Wildlife Trust and is managed with a summer hay cut and grazing of the late summer growth. The boundary hedges are managed by a combination of trimming and the traditional method of coppicing which encourages regrowth and created long living, dense hedge that is great for wildlife.
There are many wildflowers you can see in the meadow which include: goldilocks buttercups, and in the wetter areas marshland flowers like ragged-robin, meadowsweet and the beautiful snake’s head fritillary – one of only four sites in Suffolk where it can still be found.
Dogs are welcome on leads in the meadow so it makes for a wonderful walk for all the family. My dogs and I have enjoyed it multiple times over the last 6 weeks and can’t wait to see what else the meadow has to offer throughout the year.
Get your boots on and get out in your local area to find other doorstep discoveries like Mickfield Meadow.