A few landscape photo's of Empingham Marshy Meadow (north) SSSI. Access is via Main Street on a Public Footpath on Gunnel Lane in Empingham or two Public Footpaths on Love's Lane, which has wildflower and insect rich habitats on either side of the lane along it's full length. The meadow is grazed by approx' 8 cattle during April to end of October depending on the weather, so dogs on leads please!. All footpath entrances are via stiles with the main 5-bar gate locked at all times (Gunnel Lane). It can get water-logged in the marshy areas and north-east corner too, otherwise very easy walking on the grass paths. I have recorded over 230 species of flora and fauna over the past 6 years or so including Bee and Pyramidal orchids along with the Southern, Early, Green-winged and Common-spotted Orchids. Other notable finds are the Marsh Pug (new this year!), Mother Shipton, Chimney Sweeper and many other day-flying moths and also 23 species of butterfly including Marbled White, Brown Argus, Small Heath. Field/grass growing fungi in the autumn. Grass snakes,frogs and many birds including Red Kite, Buzzard, Yellowhammer.
It's great to have an interesting site you can walk to. As you record it year after year you get to know how it changes through the seasons and who the regular species are. But there's always something new to discover!