New Marston Meadows and Almonds Farm bank LWS (Old Marston)
Scroll down this page for general information, maps and Judy Webb's report (2011) prepared
for the Rare Plants Group of the Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire
Flooding in New Marston Meadows - photos taken 23 March 2020
Links to photos of flooding in earlier years are at the bottom of this page
Small Copper butterfly, a declining species (see The Guardian, 22 03 2016)
on Devil's Bit Scabious, Succisa pratensis, (Vascular Plant Red List for England, 'Near Threatened' ) on Almond's Farm wet bank, 27 09 2017
Photo by George Cox
For more photos, click here
In slideshow, click on 'i' in white circle for info.
New Marston Meadows, adjacent to the Cherwell river in Oxford, are an important green link between the SAC meadows of Yarnton West Mead and Pixey Mead to the north-west and Magdalen and Iffley Meadows to the south.
New Marston Meadows SSSI (designated 1993) contains 44.42 ha of fields that were designated either as good examples of lowland neutral grassland, NVC (National Vegetation Classification) community MG4, Meadow Foxtail – Great Burnet (Alopecurus pratensis-Sanguisorba offininalis) flood meadow or as variants of a valuable, more swampy, meadow or grazed-meadow type and one on slightly higher ground is a drier community most similar to NVC community MG5, Crested Dog’s-tail – Knapweed (Cynosurus cristatus – Centaurea nigra)
11 plants on the draft Rare Plants Register (RPR) for Oxfordshire are found in the meadows adjacent to the Cherwell River within the New Marston Meadows SSSI boundaries. There are a further three species on the draft RPR in meadows outside the SSSI but within a Local Wildlife Site.
The information above was taken from
Report by Judy Webb on New Marston Meadows - 25 May 2011 for the Rare Plants Group of the Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire and the New Marston Wildlife Group (dissolved 30 March 2015, now Friends of Milham Ford Nature Park).
Judy Webb's map showing public paths, with information on the meadows
Defra's 'Magic' map of the New Marston Meadows site (can be a bit slow to load at times)
New Marston Meadows history and further information
Recent history of surveying and management of New Marston Meadows, by Judy Webb, 30 April 2017
'A story of flowers, floods and friends', an article posted by Kirsty B. (5 Oct 2014 ) on the RSPB Farming blog about the New Marston SSSI and local farmer Mr Blackburn, much of whose farm is within it. Judy is mentioned - she sent Kirsty her records for the site.
'How to manage hedges to maximise their benefits for people and farms' - a leaflet by Rob Wolton, posted by Hedgelink. The photo by Judy is of meadow 50B of New Marston Meadows, taken on 28 November 2012.
Photos of a Drinker Moth and caterpillar taken by Judy Webb and Christopher Hoskin in Almond's Farm Meadow in 2015
Photos of flooding in New Marston Meadows:
28 11 2011 by Judy Webb
11 01 2014 by Marilyn Cox
13 01 2014 by Marilyn Cox
15 11 2019 by Marilyn Cox
23 03 2020 by Marilyn Cox
Photos below taken in New Marston Meadows August/September 2015 by Judy Webb