A quiet undisturbed are of common land close to Shrewsbury, Merrington Green is ideal for a wildlife wander.

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Nearest to

Shrewsbury

Parking

Free parking for cars is available all year round. There is a 2m height restriction bar but there is a wide grass verge opposite.

Location

Merrington Green is 5 miles north of Shrewsbury west of the A528 near Bomere Heath.

Postcode

SY4 3QE

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.783033, -2.791682

Opening times

Every day of the year.

About

Merrington Green is a quiet undisturbed area of Registered Common Land, open to walkers and horse riders, and consists of areas of unimproved grassland and wet grassland in an intimate complex with areas of woodland, scrub and bracken. A tarmac path along with a series of grassy paths and tracks provide level circular walks around the whole of the site and a horse riding route.

Merrington Green is a quiet undisturbed area of Registered Common Land and consists of areas of unimproved grassland and wet grassland in an intimate complex with areas of woodland, scrub and bracken. A tarmac path along with a series of grassy paths and tracks provide level circular walks around the whole of the site and a horse riding route. The site can get very wet during the winter months and wellies can be advisable on all but the tarmac path.

The soils were formed from boulder clay left by the last ice age 10000 years ago, and in the past this clay was dug to make bricks and tiles. Now the remaining marl pits have filled with water to form five pools – home to dragon and damselflies, toads and frogs, and all 3 species of newt, together with the submerged spikes of water soldier, bogbean, and the yellow fringed waterlily.

You might be lucky and see a gliding sparrowhawk plummet downwards with closed wings to catch its prey, or hear the high pitched songs of  blackcap and warblers. Jays, woodpeckers and herons live here along with foxes, badgers, rabbits, squirrels and even a polecat!

Merrington Green Common is still subject to Common Rights for grazing by some local farms. It is a reminder of the days when each village had its patch of land where commoners could graze their stock and collect firewood. Local people were Common Right Holders, entitled to graze farm animals. Grazing used to happen regularly as the name "Green" indicates but modern farming has meant it has been somewhat forgotten.

Shropshire Council and a few local volunteers undertake active management to maintain its important wildlife habitats. Our main aim is to manage the important grasslands, which have been scrubbing over with the absence of grazing, and keeping bracken and scrub controlled. Paths are regularly mown during the growing season.

Things to see and do

  • Enjoy a quiet stroll through this undisturbed area of wildlife habitats close to Shrewsbury.

Getting there

Merrington Green is not close to public transport but is on the Humphrey Kynaston Way long distance bridleway and is the start and end point of the Humphrey Kynaston Circular Baschurch ride.

Join in

Take a look at our Volunteer Rangers page.

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