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



Other "Me and my Meadow" stories

View all stories

Green-winged orchids at Deer Park Farm

Audrey Compton and John Whetman

Deer Park Farm, Chudleigh

Nearly 40 acres of ancient grassland and hay meadows, supporting over 350 species of wild flowers, winner of the 'England Meadow and Grasslands Award' in 2015.

David Smart and Steve Wileman

Higher Coombe, Dartmoor

The magical evolution of an unremarkable sheep and pony paddock.

Young fawn in the meadow in Buckfastleigh

David and Jackie Crook


David and Jackie have turned five acres of heavily grazed pony paddocks at Buckfastleigh into flower-rich grasslands alive with wildlife.

Charlotte Parton and David Jenkinson


The creation of a garden wildlife haven - a new wildflower meadow and nature pond, starting from scratch.