Wild Thing: 3 fabulous wildflower meadows

The UK’s fine network of wildflower-filled meadows are an integral part of keeping honeybees happy and healthy. Best visited in May and June, they’re also lovely spots for walking and picnicking (or even enjoying a little spot of Honeybee Gin and tonic!).

Here are three of the best.  

Carr House Meadows, South Yorkshire

Wild meadow flowers blooming

These beautiful meadows outside of Sheffield are a riot of colour in the spring and summer. Bursting with swathes of bluebells, yellow rattle and red and white clover, it’s a rainbow of natural beauty that you simply must see to believe. With rarer flowers like orchids and pink ragged robins also blooming here, it’s a wonderful spot for a kaleidoscopic country walk. 

Umbra Nature Reserve, Derry 

Derry Umbra Nature Reserve grasslands beautiful scenary

This coastal network of sand dunes and grasslands busts into life in the summer, with flowering plants including orchids, moonwort, fern grass and forget-me-nots attracting a riot of butterflies, months and bees. Keep an eye out for larger fauna, too – the Reserve is a popular spot for rare birds like skylarks, mistle thrushes and bullfinches. Out to sea, porpoise and seals can be seen.

Kingcombe Meadows, Devon

Kingcombe meadows in devon wildflowers and butter cups idyllic countryside

Managed as a traditional working farm – grazed by cows and sheep and cultivated without the use of any pesticides or artificial fertilisers – a trip to Kingcombe Meadows in Devon is a stunning snapshot of how the British countryside would have looked two hundred years ago. 
A rich patchwork of fields broken up by thick hedges, green lanes, wooded areas and waterways, the summer display of wildflowers in the hay meadows is a sight to be seen. Beautiful butterflies and bees dance around the blooms in this beautiful place – and humans are more than welcome to join them in soaking up the sunshine.