|Site of Special Scientific Interest|
Example - Meadow Brown butterfly (Maniola jurtina) on Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)
|Area of Search||Gloucestershire|
|Natural England website|
Location and habitat
The site, which consists of three fields, is in the south of Gloucestershire and is adjacent to Lower Woods which is also an SSSI. The meadows are unimproved neutral grassland. They are traditionally managed and support a diversity of species. Such grassland is now rare in the United Kingdom.
The meadows are on Jurassic and Cretaceous clays (Denchworth Series). They are water-logged in the winter months and poorly drained. Mature hedges surround and breakup the meadows and there are ponds in two fields.
The grass species include Crested Dog's-tail, Sweet Vernal-grass, Yorkshire Fog, Red Fescue and Quaking-grass. Sedge and Rush are in abundance in the wetter parts of the fields and include Glaucous Sedge, Hairy Sedge. Soft Rush and Hard Rush.
Herbs include Dyer's Greenweed, Saw-wort, Adder's-tongue, Common Knapweed, Betony and Pepper Saxifrage. Yellow-rattle, Common Spotted-orchid, Sneezewort, Cowslip and Hoary Plantain are also recorded.
- Natural England SSSI information on the citation
- Natural England SSSI information on the Yarley Meadows unit
- Natural England (SSSI information)