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Blog (Cricklade) - Visit Wiltshire

Wildflowers

A tour of the wildflower meadows at Clattinger Farm

Clattinger Farm forms part of the Lower Moor Farm complex of nature reserves owned and managed by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. 

I joined the Trust for one of their guided walks, highlighting the Snakeshead Fritillaries which dominate some of the meadows here in April. Many people flock to nearby Cricklade to see these delicate flowers but Clattinger Farm is another fine example of wildflower meadows.

Cricklade, Wiltshire

Exploring Cricklade

After having just failed to find the Fritillaries on my visit to Lower Moor Farm (see my previous blog) I headed to Cricklade – the first town on the River Thames.

Bluebells, West Woods

Top places for spring colours in Wiltshire

Isn’t it lovely to see the buds appearing on the shrubs and trees after the winter? It’s got us thinking about some of the wonderful places across Wiltshire where you can enjoy spring colours over the following months. Here are some of the top places we think you’ll love…

Snakeshead Fritillary, Cricklade

Cricklade and the Snakeshead Fritillary

Cricklade North Meadow (a National Nature Reserve protected by Natural England) is an ancient flood plain on the banks of the upper Thames, which is renowned as one of the best examples of a lowland hay meadow in Europe. Before the days of intensive farming, many British meadows used to be covered in wild flowers. Today Cricklade is a living example of how the meadow used to look with its lush carpet of meadow flowers.