My photos really do not do the meadows justice!
A redundant farm now part of the Stoborough Heath National Nature Reserve
I originally included my records for Sunnyside Farm in with those for Stoborough Heath as together they form a National Nature Reserve but recently a scrape has been created to encourage wildfowl and waders to the site in winter and so the farm is now worthy of an entry of its own! It will take a while to sort out and move the Sunnyside records across but I have made a start ...
The farm does not appear to have ever been cultivated and has presumably always been grazing pasture; it appears the meadows have never been subject to 'improvement' for grazing. As a result the meadows are a picture in summer with the yellow of a range of acid grassland flowers. Some of the meadows are damp in places which adds to the variety.
The only information I can find about Sunnyside is a short note in the Stoborough Heath information leaflet which says "Stoborough Heath also includes the 67 hectare Sunnyside Farm, which is home to rare plants including marsh orchids, smooth cat’s ear and brown-beak sedge." I have found the orchids, including the scarce early marsh orchid but the smooth cat's ear and the brown beak sedge have always eluded me.
The meadows are split either side of the old tramway and I have included records from here in those for Sunnyside from the car park as far as the first gate. The tramway has wonderful hedgerow scrub either side and is a good site for wild flowers and insects, especially butterflies although there are no rarities here.
Visit Sunnyside in May and June for the flowers, July for insects along the tramway and in winter for birds on the scrape.
|Site Name||Sunnyside Farm|
|Protection||National Nature Reserve|
A breezy afternoon but sunny so off to Sunnyside!
Big change in the weather to overcast, humid and windy
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