Mottey Meadows is one of a handful of natural lowland hay meadows in Britain. It has been part of the Wheaton Aston way of life for centuries, producing particularly good hay.
It is also believed to be the most northern site in Britain where naturally occuring Snakes Head Fritilary, or as Staffordshire folk call them, folfalarium, can be found. In the summer the meadows are full of flowers, so hopefully I will return then and photograph a selection.
It was a really good turn out.
And as you can see a lot of photo's were being taken.
Cages have been placed around the Fritilaries to stop the hares nibbling at them and yes we saw a couple of those too.
Although some weren't protected by cages so we did get better views than this.
The Snakes Head Fritilary
They come in white too.
As well as fritilaries we also saw wood anenome
and this tiny adders tongue fern
We also saw curlew, buzzards, lapwing, hares and this little chap
Mottey meadows hosts several guided walks throughout the year and I can highly recommend them. This wasn't my first visit and hopefully it won't be my last.
but for now it's back to my home and garden.