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.



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Insects of meadows identification workshops

18 June 2019

These sessions are informal morning or afternoon sessions suitable for beginners and those looking to improve or dust off their skills. NOW SOLD OUT

Marbled White on newly opened Knapweed

Open garden meadow – Drewsteignton

22 June 2019

Come and be inspired by a meadow in a garden. Bas and Rosemary Payne's garden was once potato land, and then a frequently-cut lawn, but they let the grass grow up and were bountifully rewarded - with many wildflowers, butterflies, slow worms and more. Click here for more information.

Open garden meadow – South Brent

22 June 2019

A small wildlife garden established 3 years ago including a native wildflower meadow created in place of a lawn. Plenty of yellow rattle and an increasing number of species appearing over time including bird’s foot trefoil, hawkbits, medics. Click here for more information.

Open Meadows – Barn Owl Trust Ashburton

2 July 2019

Join Barn Owl Trust staff for a walk around their 26 acre Lennon LegacyProject land, to see the many butterflies that have benefited from the habitat they have created and manage specifically for Barn Owls. Booking essential. Click here for more information.