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Kippax Meadows

Tucked away next to the village of Kippax, this mix of meadow and scrub provides a small network of paths to gain some fresh air and exercise.

Kippax Meadow is a Site of Ecological and Geological Importance (SEGI) consisting of a mosaic of species rich grassland and dynamic scrub habitats.

The botanically diverse grasslands are both calcareous and neutral and support a number of notable and regionally scarce species including smooth tare, Dewbury, common spotted orchid, Southern Marsh orchid and bee orchid. The underlying geology is predominantly Pennine Middle Coal Measures Formation (sandstone) but at the northern edge of the grassland there is an outcrop of magnesium limestone.

The 8 ha site lies on the outskirts of Kippax on a gentle south-west facing slope and is surrounded by residential land to the north, rough grassland and tennis courts to the west and arable land to the south and east. It is an open access site and is well used for informal recreation.

The scrub at Kippax Meadows supports a range of breeding birds while the grassland supports a good range of butterflies and species such as common blue, meadow brown, small tortoiseshell, small and large white, peacock and small skipper have all been recorded at Kippax Meadows.

Top Tip:

Enjoy the show of Southern marsh and common spotted orchids in the summer.

Using the accessible path network found throughout the site, visitors in Spring will experience birds such as bullfinch, yellowhammer and linnet proclaiming their territories and singing for a mate from the areas of scattered hawthorn scrub. While in summer they can picnic or wander through the meadows which will be a blaze of colour and crackle with the sound of bumble bees, butterflies and other insects.

Kippax Meadows is part of a corridor of green spaces in the Lower Aire Valley in Leeds which is owned by Leeds City Council and managed in partnership with the Trust.

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Want to see more of Kippax Meadows Nature Reserve before your visit? Have a look below.

Kippax Meadows Nature Reserve photos in our Flickr group


Species and habitats

Common Spotted orchid, Elder, Dog-rose, Sycamore, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Brown Hare

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Owl Wood and Pit Plantation
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Townclose Hills Nature Reserve
1 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Ledston Luck
1 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Mount Pleasant Kippax
West Yorkshire
LS25 7AT
Map reference
SE 416 297
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7.90 hectares

Open at all times. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Dogs allowed
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Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01904 659570