NWT Girton Grasslands

An excellent example of nationally rare floodplain grassland.

Pollarded willows mark the boundaries between these historic floodplain meadows at Girton

Girton Grasslands is an outstanding complex of damp species-rich grassland and is one of the few remaining in Britain.

The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust reserve forms one of a group of small, wet grassland meadow fields, each bordered by the Mill Dam Dyke to the west which floods seasonally. The group are still in their distinctive, ancient layout, row by row of individual fields demarked by pollarded willow. The meadow complex has been recognised as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).

This traditionally managed reserve is an unusually rich habitat for wildlife and supports species including meadowsweet, great burnet, red fescue and meadow foxtail.


Girton Grasslands is accessible off the A1133 Newark to Gainsborough road just north of Besthorpe (SK8269-6611). There is no car park and only very limited parking along the roadside. Here you can visit the NWT managed meadow while getting views of the neighbouring heritage meadows. An interpretation board is present on the site.

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