Rodborough Fields and Frome Banks
Rodborough Fields is less than a ten minute walk from Stroud town centre. This wildflower meadow is ablaze with colour during the summer months. Knapweed, Cat’s Ear, Ox-eye Daisy, Yellow Rattle, Clover are amog the flowers growing, attracting many insects. Butterflies like Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper and Small Copper as well as hoverflies, bees and beetles.
Below it the River Frome runs through Frome Banks Nature Reserve. It’s fast flowing water home to Dipper, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail. Its tree lined banks and sunny glades provide habitat and feeding for birds like the Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Tree Creeper, for butterflies like the Comma, Brimstone and Orange Tip, for the Bee Fly and the Emerald Damselfly.
Both remain under threat from a proposed housing development.