Dumsey Meadow Site of Special Scientific Interest

Unimproved neutral grassland is very limited within the Thames valley and is scarce throughout the south-east of England. Dumsey Meadow has great significance as a grazed unimproved Thames-side meadow in Surrey, the site is typically hay cut in late July with aftermath grazing taking place between August and December. The cattle used for grazing Dumsey Meadow are typically Belted Galloways and are supplied by Surrey Wildlife Trust.

The site chiefly consists of grassland dominated species such as Crested dog-tail cynosures cristatus and Common knapweed centaurea nigra. The habitats present can be very variable spanning from damp depressions to dry ridges. Due to its riparian setting a variation in conditions can fluctuate seasonally, this paired with its undulating topography offers pockets of varying floral presence. Burnet saxifrage pimpinella saxifrage and Strawberry clover trifolium fragiferum can be found on the raised mounds whereas the damp depressions hold Yellow iris iris pseudacorus and Marsh marigold caltha palustris.

The river bank is used for recreational fishing but still supports areas of Greater pond sedge carex riparia and Sweet flag acorus calamus. The site can be accessed via Chertsey Bridge Road but also makes up part of the Thames towpath.