Mimbridge Meadow and Bourne Fields

Instructions

The Society has recently purchased the 16 acre meadow, it is managed as organic pasture during the summer. In winter it forms part of the Addlestone Bourne flood plain. The seat by the footbridge was carved from a fallen oak. The new bridge allows access across the Bourne along the south bank of the river to the Bourne Fields.

The fields comprise in total 24 acres and are managed as unimproved hay meadow. A late hay crop is taken in July/August. Culverts have been installed to replace the old railway sleeper bridges which tended to float away when the river flooded. Many typical river side plants grow along the river banks, including reedmace, toadflax and purple loosestrife. The meadow supports a range of wild flowers, red clover, meadow buttercup, speedwell, yarrow and wild iris in the wet areas. These provide habitat for a wide range of insects, including crickets, hoverflies, froghoppers, burnet moths and the increasingly rare Forester Moth. The meadows are a favourite hunting ground for kestrels which nest in a box provided in the one of the large oaks.