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One of the best remaining areas of Culm grassland in Devon.

Meresfelle is a precious reminder of the Culm grasslands that dominated the landscape of this part of north-west Devon.


It has survived until today because of the careful traditional management of Devon Wildlife Trust and its previous owners.


Culm grassland can be extremely wet and rough underfoot, making Meresfelle a place to visit in summer and early autumn. Time your visit correctly and in May, June and early July you'll see wildflowers make this site a particularly colourful place to visit during late May and June. The rare marsh fritillary butterfly is also found here.


Common frog with frogspawn


A pure pleasure

Meresfelle's network of pools, ditches and runnels in the grassland make this a rich site for dragonflies and amphibians. Tread slowly and carefully and you might spot a sunbathing grass snake or adder. Frogs and toads can also be spotted.


Meresfelle is a long way from any city. It's pure air quality mean that its trees hang with lichens, mosses and ferns. At the reserve's southern edge is the River Torridge. In summer the river's clear waters support large populations of riverflies (stoneflies, midges, mayflies, etc). These make a good meal for the hundreds of small brown trout that patrol the water.

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Volehouse Moor
3 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Mambury Moor
5 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Marsland Valley
5 miles - Cornwall Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

near Woolfardiswarthy (Woolsery)
EX39 5QZ
Map reference
SS 310 190
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Best time to visit
Apr - Oct
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13.00 hectares

Rough paths which can be wet in places.
Walking information
Paths can be wet and rough in places.
Limited roadside parking
Dogs under effective control
Reserve manager
Steve Threlkeld
Tel: 01392 279244