Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve


Wildflower Meadow

Since 1945, 98% of flower-rich grassland has been lost in Berkshire due mainly to intensive farming (ploughing up, draining, application of fertilisers and overseeding with ryegrass). In order to provide a valuable habitat for wildlife and to show younger generations how beautiful the British countryside used to be, Earley Town Council has transformed this piece of land from a dull, lifeless monoculture of ryegrass into a beautiful wildflower meadow full of beautiful flowers and butterflies.

This shows the wildflower meadow which is one of the most colourful and beautiful areas of the reserve.

Okay, it might not look like much in this photo but it is winter, just wait for the spring and it will look a little bit different - I promise.