|Site of Special Scientific Interest|
Mottey Meadows in late summer
|Area of Search||Staffordshire|
|Area||44.6 acres (0.180 km2; 0.0697 sq mi)|
|Natural England website|
Mottey Meadows National Nature Reserve (NNR) consists of a series of alluvial flood meadows near the village of Wheaton Aston in Staffordshire, England. The meadows have been managed for hay making for many centuries. They support over 240 species of flowering plants, including the rare snake's-head fritillary.
The site is an outstanding floristically-diverse mesotrophic grassland where traditional late hay cutting and aftermath grazing has been perpetuated, largely unaffected by modern agricultural practices.
The site is important because of its large size, variety of grassland community types and presence of rare species. Further more it contains an extensive example of an alluvial flood meadow.
The site is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a European Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and is carefully managed by Natural England with support from the Friends of Mottey Meadows and the Floodplain Meadows Partnership
Full details of the site designations can be found on the Natural England register of Designated Sites
- "Mottey Meadows Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Site Improvement Plan". Retrieved 27 April 2016.