Chapter Meadows, in the heart of Worcester city, was purchased on behalf of the people of Worcester by the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust in October 1998. The Trust works to protect this superb natural site from development by managing it in such a manner, so as to safeguard its landscape, wildlife and historical importance.
An ambitious programme of restoration projects has been undertaken with the help of government funding over the years. Work has included ditch clearance, replanting of native hedgerows along original boundaries and installation of stock-proof fencing, bridges and kissing gates.
Seasonal flooding of the meadow, by the River Severn, renders the fields unsuitable for agriculture and has helped to maintain the same landscape today as that when records began.
There are two way-marked walks you can take around the meadows to observe the array of biodiversity. Species to look out for include the Club-tailed Dragonfly, Kestrel, Little Owl, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher and a variety of bats.