Open Meadows – by Arrangement
- Date: 19 June 2019
Carrapit Farm, Bridford, EX6 7LW
Grid ref: SX8008 8620
A damp, acid meadow on a wildlife-rich farm. The 10 acre meadow has been restored over the last 15 years, mainly by cutting late (end of July,early August) together with the introduction of Yellow rattle and some hay from another Dartmoor meadow. Varied species including many Southern Marsh and Heath Spotted Orchids, together with their crosses. Also Ragged Robin, Eye Bright, Meadow Thistle, Devil’s Bit Scabious and other associated damp meadow plants.
Phone Geoff Hearnden on 01647 252326
Species Rich Garden in Staverton
Malcolm Baldwin welcomes you to come and have a walk in his garden, which is full of wildflowers – about 40 species throughout the year. The back garden is a mixture of wildflowers and vegetables. Anyone is welcome to come on an ad hoc basis. Phone Malcolm on 01803 762751
Land in Churchstanton
Emma Finch has 15 acres of unimproved/semi-improved pasture in the Blackdown Hills, which has quite an assortment of habitats. She invites you to look around with her and share/exchange some knowledge…she’s learning! Phone Emma on 07957 161748
St Mary’s Churchyard, Throwleigh, EX20 2HU
This beautiful churchyard is managed with wildflowers in mind, by the experienced hand of Steve Pocock, as part of the Living Churchyard scheme dating from the early 1990’s. Much of the churchyard is species rich meadow says Steve, typically Ox-eye Daisy, Betony, Yellow RaDle, Mallow and Orchids. Devil’s Bit Scabious is plentiful in late summer. Look out for the black, day flying, Chimney Sweeper moth here, often mistaken for a butterfly. The best time to visit is June to August. Donations most welcome.
Bellever Moor and Meadows Nature Reserve, near Postbridge, Dartmoor
A SSSI designated mosaic of 40 small fields, featuring a variety of traditional Dartmoor meadows including hay meadows and Rhos pasture.
Fernworthy Meadows, Chagford, TQ13 8EZ
5 hectares of Rhos pasture managed as a habitat for Marsh Fritllary butterflies.
Grid ref: SX662 842
Directions: Walk through the gate from the end car park of Fernworthy Reservoir.
The secret world of wild bees and other pollinators: two talks by naturalists Brigit Strawbridge Howard and John Walters
14 September 2019
Did you know that some solitary nesting bees lay their eggs in empty snail shells? Or that cuckoo bees make other bees take care of their eggs? Or that certain wasps are potters and craft urns? Come to Ashburton Arts Centre on 12th September, 7.30pm to discover the world of wild bees. Click here for more information.