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Llanmerewig Glebe

Deadly beauty

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.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Meadow
Species
Meadow Saffron

Nearby nature reserves

Pwll Penarth
1 miles - Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Dolforwyn Woods
2 miles - Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Red House
3 miles - Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
In the small hamlet of Llanmerewig, four miles east of Newtown
Llanmerewig
Powys
SY15 6NS
Map reference
SO159928
Great for...
historical interest
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Jun - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
0.90 hectares
Access
Yes

Flat & grassy ground. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
Flat & grassy ground
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Sheep
Reserve manager
Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01938 555654
info@montwt.co.uk