Alpine Meadow, Berkhamsted

Alpine Meadow
Site of Special Scientific Interest
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Alpine Meadow, Berkhamsted is located in Hertfordshire
Alpine Meadow, Berkhamsted
Location within Hertfordshire
Grid referenceSP989103
Coordinates51°46′57″N 0°34′04″W / 51.7826°N 0.5677°W / 51.7826; -0.5677Coordinates: 51°46′57″N 0°34′04″W / 51.7826°N 0.5677°W / 51.7826; -0.5677
Area0.4 hectares (0.99 acres)
Location mapMagic Map
Natural England website

Alpine Meadow is a 0.4 hectare nature reserve near Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. It is a designated biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), managed by the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and the planning authority is Dacorum Borough Council.[1][2]


The small site is a steeply sloping area of meadow and woodland, and it has been designated an SSSI as a rare example of unimproved chalk grassland. Grass species include upright brome, false brome and sheep's fescue, and there are many orchids, especially common twayblade and common spotted orchid. There are also many butterflies, such as marbled white and the rare Duke of Burgundy.[1] The woodland has birds such as green woodpeckers and finches.[3]

The site is always open and there is access by a footpath from Bridle Way.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Alpine Meadow citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Map of Alpine Meadow". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Alpine Meadow". Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.