Above: New Marston Meadows Monday, 27 May 2019 For more photos taken that day click here
New Marston Meadows (their correct name, although they are also referred to locally as 'Marston Meadows') are private land that is part of a working farm. Access to the meadows is strictly only along the public rights of way (footpaths) through the meadows.
Please respect the farmer’s wishes and stick to these paths, as trampling beyond the paths will damage the hay crop and reduce the diversity of the wildflowers, which makes these meadows beautiful and of great scientific interest. Dogs should be on a lead and access to the whole meadow area is only by foot (no bicycles).
Information on the history of the meadows, particularly as regards the hedges
Recent history of surveying and management of New Marston Meadows, by Judy Webb, 30 April 2017
New Marston Meadows have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest - see Natural England website
Defra's Magic map of New Marston Meadows. Green hatching marks SSSI area.
For Judy Webb's short account of the history of the Meadows and her map, which shows the public footpaths, click here. For her list of the wildflowers, click here.
Left: Red Admiral butterfly in New Marston Meadows
Photos and information on walks in the Meadows organised by New Marston Wildlife Group (whose name is now Friends of Milham Ford Nature Park).
Report by Judy Webb on New Marston Meadows - 25 May 2011 for the Rare Plants Group of the Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire and the New Marston Wildlife Group (dissolved 30 March 2015, now Friends of Milham Ford Nature Park).