Nunnery Mead Nature Reserve
Old water meadows with historic features, and a wending, wooded section of the river Frome.
The reserve is in the main an area of former water meadows with a narrow border of trees along the banks of the river Frome. The meadow area, which is nutrient rich as result of seasonal flooding and historical agricultural improvement, can be home to snipe over winter months, feeding along the ditch edges and waterlogged soil.
The reserve boasts two archaeological sites, one of an old Roman temple, which is linked to a series of other buildings around the area by a network of roads, and the second the site of a medieval settlement.
The river Frome flows along the northern boundary of the reserve, nestled within a thin strip of woodland. The wood is a veritable mix of species with ash, sycamore, beech, poplar and alder. Beneath the canopy where the dappled light dances on the frisky waters of the Frome kingfisher and grey wagtail may be found. The river plays host to eels and salmon, which breed further upstream, both of which help to feed the otters which call the Frome their home.
Direct access on foot/ by bike only. Follow the bridleway (also cycle route 26) which runs north west from the end of the road at Southover (SY6186 9499) for about 0.5km and the reserve entrance will be on your right-hand side. No vehicle access from Noton end (north of reserve).
Access and safety
The reserve can be wet so caution and wellies are essential, especially in winter. Ditches can have deep mud in them, so cross only at bridges. Caution is advised when using the riverside section of the reserve, as the water can be deep and fast flowing in places, especially when the river is in flood.
The site is grazed for part of the year and may support ticks - see our visitor information pages for more on these general countryside hazards.
Species and habitats
Improved wet grassland, mixed woodland, riverine.
Otter, snipe, grey wagtail, kingfisher, mistle thrush, song thrush.
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
Contains derived data © Crown copyright and database right 2012.Ordnance Survey LA100019790.
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