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Hopyard Haymeadow Nature Reserve

Hopyard Hay Meadow is home to a mix of wildflowers surrounded by ancient hedgerows.

The hedgerows surrounding this small meadow are mentioned in the Hatfield, Throne and Fishlake Enclosure Award of 1825 which shows that this site has been grassland for hundreds of years.

There is a list of over 70 plant species, including sweet vernal-grass, pignut, great burnet, pepper saxifrage and four species of buttercup including goldilocks. The ratio of meadow foxtail to great burnet suggests a flood meadow of a rare grassland type.

Top Tip:

Visit in June or July for the wildflowers and butterflies at their best.

Butterfly and moth species recorded include the chimney sweeper moth, a good indicator species for old grassland, good numbers of blues, coppers, whites, skippers, and recent records of purple hairstreak. Birds recorded include green woodpecker, little owl and large numbers of wintering finches, some of which breed. The Trust is in the process of trying to enhance the floristic diversity of the site through native seed translocation and by carrying out annual hay cuts in late summer. Also, there are plans to replant wild service tree saplings, a species which until recently grew in the hedgerows here.

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Public Transport

Train link available to Hatfield and Stainforth from Doncaster Railway station. Bus services available from Doncaster town centre.


In Hatfield village (north east of Doncaster) turn north past the church and continue past the school and Victoria Avenue onto a dirt track (Cuckoo Lane) for about 0.5 miles. About 20 yards prior to the Pumping station turn left into Guile Carr Lane. The nature reserve is on the right where the lane bends.


Want to see more of Hopyard Hay Meadow Nature Reserve before your visit? Have a look below.

Hopyard Hay Meadow Nature Reserve photos in our Flickr group


Nearby nature reserves

Fen Carr Nature Reserve
3 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Thorpe Marsh Nature Reserve
5 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Crowle Moor
6 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Guile Carr Lane
South Yorkshire
Map reference
SE 663 109
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Best time to visit
May - Sep
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1.73 hectares

No footpaths. Please keep to field edges until hay is cut. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
No footpaths. Please keep to field edges until hay is cut.
Park cars sensibly on lane opposite reserve entrance.
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01904 659570