This stunning meadow running alongside the east bank of the Thames in Wallingford is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the river, and on a warm summers day Riverside Meadows comes alive with families enjoying the beautiful setting.
What to see
Enjoy the display of wildflowers such as oxeye daisy, common knapweed and bird’s foot trefoil during the summer months. If you’re lucky you might see the unmistakable bright blue and orange flash of a kingfisher darting along the riverbank! At dusk, keep an eye out for serotine and Daubenton’s bats foraging over the river, whilst Pipistrelle bats are more likely to be seen using tree corridors created by ditches and lanes across the meadows.
Historical and archaeological investigations have revealed Riverside Meadows to be a significant location for settlement, communication, ritual and strategic activity for at least 3,000 years. Many of the landforms visible today are a product of historic land uses. Due to the site’s rich historical and archaeological interest the whole site has been placed on the Sites and Monuments Register.
We’ve worked hard to restore wildflower habitats at Riverside Meadows and rare lowland floodplain meadows have been restored in the large field at the southern end of Riverside Meadows. Annual hay cuts in July, followed by cattle grazing until November are an important part of the site’s management to encourage wildflower growth and restore a habitat which is now threatened in Oxfordshire.
A former World War II pillbox at Riverside Meadows has been converted into a bat hibernaculum. The partially blocked gun slots, terracotta roofing tiles and a blanket hung on the walls create perfect cracks and crevices for roosting bats.
Earth Trust manages the site on behalf of South Oxfordshire District Council.