Houghton Meadows

Houghton Meadows Map


Houghton Meadows is an example of ancient rich grassland. In medieval time it was cultivated using the ridge and furrow method and later turned over to grazing. This has resulted in a rich diversity of plant species and the site is now declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is under the management of the Wildlife Trust.

What to see and do

The best time to visit is in May and June, when the wild flowers are at their finest. Amongst the wild flowers to be seen are Yellow Rattle, Sweet Vernal and the Green-Winged Orchid. The hedgerows bordering the fields are more than 100 years old. The diversity of plants also attract insects (such as the Common Blue and Meadow Brown butterflies) and birds. The stream running through the meadow, Back Brook, is home to Great Crested Newts and other invertebrates.


Houghton Meadow is located just off the Ouse Valley Way close to Houghton-Wyton heading towards St Ives.

The site is administered by the Wildlife Trust, 3b Langford Arch, London Road, Sawston, Cambridgeshire.

Copyright 2003 David Bartlett