PART OF THIS lovely area on the meadow, river and brook is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is a fascinating area, which is really a flood plain, and the silt carried down and deposited makes this a very fertile place. The best time to visit is from spring to late summer, but the River Lugg flows down its edge so other times of year can be of interest. Basically, this is a surviving example of Lammas Meadow from at least Domesday time so that alone makes for an interesting area. For birders, the nesting Curlew and Sky Larks are here and in the winter when there are floods a whole range of gulls, ducks and swans arrive. There are also steep banks to the river so they provide nesting sites for Kingfisher and Sand Martin. The great thing about the river, of course, is that the track alongside it allows you to add a few miles to your visit if you wish. If you have a dog then check each area as there are sheep around so it will need to be on a lead!
3At the south bend in the lane go left (north) then carefully follow the signed track right then left along the river bank. Bits of woodland and firs might produce Goldcrest. Now its open country, with the river and a brook where Grey Heron and Kingfisher live, and you may see Cormorant overhead so keep a look out!.
The Hampton Meadow reserve is a large open area with Curlew possible. Hirundines will be whizzing around with Sand Martins favouring the river banks.
4The River Lugg is also a home to Otters, just to add to the interest