Chimney Meadows NNR

Sadly, our proposed tour of the newly opened Wetlands Restoration Project at Duxford, part of Chimney Meadows National Nature Reserve, had to be postponed at short notice due to illness. We decided, however, to meet anyway, and ten of us enjoyed a two and a half hour walk in glorious sunshine on the morning of 20 June, 2022.

We started by walking through one of the wetland meadows, the grasses and flowers at full height and rich in variety. Of particular interest was Pepper Saxifrage, a yellow umbellifer of damper grassland. A full plant list can be found below.

Thames near Duxford (M. Brownsword).

We went on to walk down the Thames path, noting the plants that enjoy a riverside environment. A couple of grey wagtails were busy feeding on the other side of the river. A Southern Hawker was spotted as well as Blue-tailed Damsel flies and Banded Demoiselles.

Further down the path is an unusual small bird hide with a great view over the wetland grasses. Curlews are, apparently, quite often observed flying over this area but sadly not on this occasion.

We returned the way we came and hope to come back for the originally intended walk with Lisa Lane soon.

Julia Reid 26 June 2022

A full list of plant species can be found here.

A list of insect and bird species can be found here.