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Lickham Common

A wet heathland area surrounded by woodland. A fascinating mix of heathland plants.

This isn't the easiest nature reserve to find or to explore. Made up of wet and boggy heathland it's a challenge to stay dry, but it is worth the effort!

 

This kind of heathland was once much more common in these parts but now Lickham Common is a rare example. It takes Devon Wildlife Trust a great deal of effort and the grazing of our herd of Exmoor ponies to maintain it.

 


Slow worm moves throgh the grass at Lickham Common

 

In amongst the tall purple moor grow grass marsh violets, lesser spearwort and horsetails. Frogs and toads also thrive in the wet conditions, and the dense grassland provides good cover for adders, grass snakes and slow-worms. Tread slowly and you may catch a glimpse.

 

Explore the Blackdown Hills from here 

Lickham Common forms part of a chain of three nature reserves in the Blackdown Hills cared for by Devon Wildlife Trust. Take time to discover the others at Ashculm Turbary and Clayhidon Turbary.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Heathland, Wetland

Nearby nature reserves

Clayhidon Turbary
2 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Ashculm Turbary
3 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Brimley Hill Mire
3 miles - Somerset Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Location
1 mile south west of Hemyock. Access via a track leading to Glydon and Lickham Cottages.
Taunton
Devon
EX15 3RU gets you close to main entrance
Map reference
ST 128 122
Best time to visit
May - Sep
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
4.00 hectares
Access
Open site that is wet and rough. Steep track to the reserve; ground can be very wet and boggy and the going can be very difficult even in dry weather. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
Steep track to the reserve; ground can be very wet and boggy and the going can be very difficult even in dry weather. Allow 45 minutes to explore the reserve.
Parking
Park on the road near the track leading to Glydon and Lickham Cottage (ST 127 123)
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Devon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01392 279244
contactus@devonwildlifetrust.org