Hyde Mill Meadow, Stow-on-the-Wold

Coronation Meadow

An extremely wildlife-rich meadow in the floodplain of the River Dickler. It is a spectacular site in the summer when orchids such as the common-spotted and southern-marsh come into bloom (see 'Species to spot' below). 

Header image (above) © Plantlife/Chris Harris

Species to spot



  • Common spotted-orchid

    Best time to see: June - July

    Our most common orchid enlivens many places, particularly chalk and limestone downs. Its flowers can vary from deep to light pink and the leaves are marked with spots. 

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  • Southern marsh orchid

    Best time to see: June - July

    Also known as the 'leopard marsh orchid', this wild flower is fairly common in mainland Europe but - apart from local areas of southern England - less so over here. Image © Plantlife

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  • Great burnet

    Best time to see: April - Aug.

    The bulbous, blood-red heads of this member of the rose family often indicate a floodplain meadow. The name burnet comes from the Old French for 'dark brown' - the same source as 'brunette'. 

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  • Otter

    Best time to see: All year

    Seeing signs of otters is easier than seeing the animals themselves. Look for five-toed footprints (about 6-7cm long) and droppings known as 'spraints'. These contain fishbones and smell, like Jasmine tea! Image © Sue Crookes

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  • Water vole

    Best time to see: All year

    The inspiration for 'Ratty' in Wind in the Willows, this vole is sadly our fastest declining mammal. It can be distinguished by its rounded nose and ears. 'Lawns' of nibbled grass can be found near their burrows. Image © Tom Marshall

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Hon. Hugh and Rosie Tollemache