Special Roadside Verges

Green-winged orchid. Photo: Adam Taylor

Special Roadside Verges (SRVs, previously known as Roadside Nature Reserves) are often remnants of larger grassland areas such as old hay meadows that have been lost due to agricultural intensification or development pressures. They often support a wide variety of plant species that are uncommon in other areas, and are often associated with other important habitats such as old hedgerows. They form important corridors connecting wildlife rich habitats, but need to be sympathetically managed to preserve the biodiversity they support.

Special Roadside verges are surveyed annually by Essex Special Roadside Verge representatives, and the data is collated by Essex Wildlife Trust Biological Records Centre. Management of the verges is the responsibility of Essex Highways in most cases.

Find out more about our grassland surveys, including special roadside verges.

Found a problem with a Special Roadside Verge? Report it via the Essex Highways Website.

Read a report from one of our Special Roadside Verge reps