Brian and Angela Nicholas 

Mole Valley, Exmoor

An unploughed meadow with over 170 species of plant recorded

Our river meadow nestled in the Mole Valley covers 14  acres and is a County Wildlife Site.

There is no record of the meadow ever being ploughed and it has taken 30 years of management and farming organically to reach its present state

Wild flowers such as Orchids and Yellow Rattle first appeared around the margins of the meadow and quickly spread across helped by the occasional flooding of the River Mole bringing seed down from Exmoor.

Over 170  species of plants have been identified by the Devon Botany Group, some of which are Devon rarities

In summer, the Meadow Brown and Silver Washed Fritillaries put on a spectacular show.  The meadow is bordered by the River Mole with its Otters, Dippers and Kingfishers.  There are seventeen bat species who feed over the meadow and Devon Wildlife Trust collect seed from the meadow each year for distribution to other sites.

Meadow Brown butterfly Photo: Megan Lowe

 

 

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