Far Starling Bank, Hollybed Farm Meadows, Malvern

Coronation Meadow

Located near the Malvern Hills, these meadows are an excellent example of the small fields surrounded by hedgerows that are so typical of the area. Slightly neutral to base rich, they support a wealth of special wild plants including dyer’s greenweed, pepper saxifrage, autumn lady’s-tresses and adder’s-tongue fern. Amongst the grasses, crested dog’s-tail, upright brome and sweet vernal grass are abundant, as well as familiar flowers such as common knapweed, common bird’s-foot-trefoil and oxeye daisy. This flora richness attracts a wide range of other wildlife, including green woodpecker and willow tit and many butterflies including brimstone, peacock, small tortoiseshell and comma.

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Recipient Meadows

Species to spot



  • Dyer’s greenweed

    Best time to see: June - August

    A low-lying member of the pea family. As its name suggests, this flower has been used to make yellow dye since ancent times and combined with woad produces a superb green hue.

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  • Bird’s-foot trefoil

    Best time to see: May-Sept.

    Also known as 'eggs and bacon', Bird's-foot trefoil is a good source of nectar for insects and forage for cattle. The 'bird's-foot' of its name refers to the shape of its seed pods.

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  • Common knapweed

    Best time to see: June - Sept

    A thistle-like plant also known as 'black knapweed', although its flowers are actually bright pink. It is a popular source of nectar for the Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Painted Lady and many other butterflies.

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