Innocent, but deadly
Within this small reserve of just one hectare grows a highly poisonous, yet beautiful plant - Meadow Saffron (Colchicum autumnale), also known as Autumn Crocus or ‘Naked Ladies’! For centuries this delicate flower has been systematically eradicated in grazing areas because of its danger to animals, yet is does have healing powers and has been used to treat gout.
Here at Llanmerewig, the Autumn Crocus is thriving under traditional hay management, which makes the most of the land when no parts of the plant are showing. The sheer number of Autumn Crocus on this small site is so remarkable, it is mentioned in Richard Mabey’s ‘Flora Britannica’!
Best time to visit
The flowering of the Autumn Crocus is dependant on the weather, but is in Autumn as the name suggests! Look for it between late August and early October.
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Visiting Llanmerewig Glebe: The reserve is open year round, 24 hours a day and there is no charge for entry.
Once up a small slope at the reserve entrance, the route is across grassy, more or less flat ground.
Well-behaved dog owners are welcome - remember, you dog doesn't know that it is a nature reserve, so please help us retain this privilege by keeping him on a lead and clearing up any mess.
Directions & transport:Llanmerewig Glebe is in the hamlet of Llanmerewig, near Abermule. Park sensitively in the hamlet, then walk West along the road to a staggered crossroads. Turn right and the reserve entrance is 200ft along, on the right hand side.
The nearest bus stop is in Abermule, a little under 2km from the reserve.
The nearest rail station is in Newtown.