Corfe Mullen Meadows Nature Reserve
Two important wildflower meadows supporting a large population of green-winged orchids.
Managed as traditional hay meadows, with grazing following the cutting of the hay in mid to late summer, this reserve is known for its good population of green winged orchids; appearing as a thick carpet of pink across the fields in the month of May. As summer follows spring the grass and flowers of the meadow grow tall, coming alive with butterflies, bees, day flying moths and grasshoppers. Thick, bushy hedgerows with plenty of large, old oak trees shelter the field and provide additional habitat for birds, mammals and invertebrates of shrubby places.
From the A350 Poole to Blandford Road take the Old Wareham Road at the traffic lights to head east towards Corfe Mullen. Follow the road for just under a mile then turn left onto Waterloo Road by the Naked Cross Nursery. The reserve is about a mile along this road, on the right opposite a row of houses.
Access and safety
Enter the main meadow through the gate to follow a mown grassy path around the edge of the field. Currently no access to the smaller field but we are hoping to add a gate in the near future. Grazing animals will be on site from mid to late summer until the following February.
For more information on visiting DWT Nature Reserves, including more on general countryside hazards such as grazing animals, please see our Visitor Information page.
Species and habitats
Unimproved pasture and hay meadow, mature hedgerows.
Green-winged orchid, yellow rattle, black knapweed, six-spot burnet, marbled white, meadow brown.
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
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