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Allimore Green

This may be one of our smallest reserves but with over 140 species of plants to be found it's also one of our most botanically diverse

Highlights

  • Visit in early summer to see an amazing display of purple meadow thistles
  • From June an abundance of orchids will begin to flower, including common spotted and southern marsh
  • Crouch down on your hands and needs to search for some of the reserves rarest plants

A not so common Common

This wet grassland is one of the most important places for flower rich grasslands in Staffordshire. At less than 7 acres in size, Allimore Green may be relatively small but what it lacks in size it makes up for in diversity. Amongst the more common species to look out for are the bright yellow flowers of marsh marigolds in spring and the delicate cream flowers of meadowsweet and yellow heads of fleabane in summer. Orchids are abundant with several different species to be found. If you're a really keen plant twitcher then look out for southern marsh and common spotted orchids. But be warned - these two orchids hybridise readily and produce a confusing array of plants!

 

Historic use

As a Parish Common, the site has had a chequered history of management. Local parishioners would have, at one time in the past, grazed their livestock and taken hay for winter fodder. Common rights also allowed people to take wood by coppicing the alder woodland along the fringes of the site. This is a practice which we continue today - although now the work is carried out by teams of volunteers.

 

Keeping it special

The reserve's importance is recognised in its designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). With the help of a local farmer and his hardy Highland cattle, we are able to continue traditional grazing management. Grazing is essential if we are to ensure the reserve retains its interest in the future. The effect of the cattle is to reduce the dominance of grasses and other vigorous growing plants and allow the wildflowers to successfully compete. Although we may lose some of the flowering heads to the nibbling gnashers of our cattle there are still more than enough flowers remaining to provide a nectar source for inverterbates and to set seed, ensuring more plants in the future.

 

A Living Landscape

'Living Landscapes' is The Wildlife Trusts innovative approach to nature conservation and involves focusing our efforts on improving the wider landscape to make it better for wildlife.  Find out more here

This nature reserve is leased from Haughton Parish Council

Nearby nature reserves

Doxey Marshes
5 miles - Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Radford Meadows
5 miles - Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Loynton Moss
5 miles - Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
(Stafford Borough) Midway between Haughton and Church Eaton
near Stafford
Staffordshire
ST18 9JQ (nearest)
Map reference
SJ 858 193
Great for...
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Jun - Aug
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
2.70 hectares
Walking information
Generally flat but can be uneven and boggy in places. Access from roadside stile. Generally flat but can be uneven and boggy in places. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Parking
Roadside parking
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Yes
Reserve manager
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01889 880100
info@staffs-wildlife.org.uk