Jones's Mill - Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5JN
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Jones's Mill Nature Reserve
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  • Jones's Mill Nature Reserve at Winter
  • Jones's Mill Nature Reserve
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Jones’s Mill, a nature reserve owned by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is a fen, made up of wet woodland, ponds and wet grassland. Its peaty soils are fed by natural springs and the Salisbury Avon flows through its centre. The Kennet & Avon Canal passes to the north of the reserve.

In the past a watermill was believed to have been built on the site but more recently the land was grazed by cattle to supply milk. Watercress was also grown here for markets in London.

The reserve has ditches, ridges and furrows - evidence of its past use as water meadows. It is home to wildlife that thrives in wet conditions - water voles, dragonflies, the elusive water shrew and birds such as kingfisher, snipe and heron.

The wet grassland is grazed with the Trust’s Belted Galloway cattle.

In spring and summer, the reserve bursts into colour with yellow flag iris, lady’s smock and water avens, southern marsh and common spotted orchid. Rare plants include the bog bean, bog pimpernel and flea sedge. If it wasn’t grazed the fen would turn into woodland. By keeping vegetation in check the cattle help to maintain a rich diversity of plants.

In the wet areas it’s best to stick to the boardwalks as water bubbles and shimmers at your feet. Paths through the rest of the reserve can be a little uneven. Dogs are welcome on the reserve provided they are on short leads.

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Guide Prices

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Free Admission - Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

 From Pewsey centre, take High Street (B3087) towards Milton Lilbourne and Burbage. Drive through Pewsey and turn left down Dursden Lane, just before a white cottage. Cross over railway bridge and reserve entrance is on left close to small parking area. Alternatively, Park at Pewsey Wharf next to The Waterfront pub and walk 15 minutes along towpath to right towards Wootton Rivers. Turn right up bank after canal bridge. Enter reserve through kissing gate.

Public Transport Directions

 The X5 Swindon-Pewsey-Salisbury service stops in Pewsey’s North Street. From North Street walk 20 minutes to reserve. Visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/parkingtransportandstreets

If cycling – Leave National Cycle Route 4 and follow signs for Pewsey. A local route runs through Pewsey and will take you to Dursden Lane. Visit www.sustrans.org.uk


Children & Infants

  • Accept Children 3+ - No minimum age

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - Provided they are on a short lead.

Key Features

  • In countryside

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year

* Open all year.


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