|Site of Special Scientific Interest|
Sylvia's Meadow in summer
|Area of Search||Cornwall|
|Area||4.46 hectares (0.0446 km2; 0.0172 sq mi)|
|Natural England website|
Sylvia's Meadow, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is a nature reserve owned and managed by Cornwall Wildlife Trust. It is a herb rich, 5-hectare (12-acre) site situated near Gunnislake, in East Cornwall, England.
During World War II a US military camp was situated in Sylvia's Meadow which housed only white American armed forces personnel. Black American airmen were billeted in an adjacent field. Since then the land has been left unploughed and unimproved. In this respect Sylvia's Meadow is virtually unique to Cornwall.
The reserve is named after a previous owner's daughter.
Flora and fauna
Sylvia's Meadow is an example of unimproved herb-rich pasture land containing some rare plant species. It is famed for the orchids that grow there, which include the lesser butterfly orchid and heath spotted orchid. Other species found here include: autumn ladies'-tresses, sneezewort, yellow rattle and bird's foot trefoil.