Our nature reserves
Devon Wildlife Trust runs over 100 events each year, including walks and talks, open days and a festival. Find out more here.
Woodah Farm is on the very edge of Dartmoor in the Teign valley, adjacent to DWT’s Scanniclift Copse NR. It was left to DWT by a former Honorary Treasurer, Derrick Taylor. It comprises 140 acres of semi-improved grassland, much of it steeply sloping. There are spectacular views from the plateau at the top.
The former farmhouse has been converted to provide office space and a meeting room on the ground floor with a three bedroomed flat above. The flat provides accommodation for three long term volunteers who supplement the nature reserves team based in the offices below.
A suite of new farm buildings provides the Nature Reserves team with custom built workshops and storage space and working space for the grazier whose stock helps to keep the fields in good order. The site also has an interesting small quarry which has an exposed ‘fault’ face, plus a number of both new and mature ponds. There is still work to be done; many of the old hedgerows had run wild and needed restoration. Some have been restored and some new hedges have been laid. An orchard of more than forty traditional Devon apple tree has been planted.
Woodah is a great asset and provides activity space for educational events, a venue for meetings, a demonstration site and an opportunity to experiment. It is a work in progress: the next big plan is for regular outdoor education, practical conservation and rural skills workshops, events and courses - watch this space!
How to get to Woodah Farm
From the north: from M5 continue on A38 Devon Expressway signposted Plymouth, Torquay. At the Shell Kennford Services, bear right uphill onto the A38 (signposted Plymouth). At top of the hill, turn left (signposted Dunchideock, Exeter Racecourse). Turn right at the mini roundabout and continue along road through Haldon Forest for 2 miles. Turn left (signposted Doddiscombsleigh) and after half a mile, turn right into Tick Lane. Follow road for approx one mile until you reach Doddiscombsleigh. Continue downhill through village, just beyond last house (which is thatched) on your right, the turning to Woodah Farm is on left.
From the south: Turn left off A38 onto B3344 (signposted Chudleigh Knighton). Turn immediately right onto B3193 Teign Valley road to Dunsford. After approx 4 miles at Teign House Inn, turn right (signposted Doddiscombsleigh). Drive over bridge across river and continue up hill. The turning to Woodah Farm is on your right just before reaching the village.
To find out where Woodah Farm is located, click on the blue dot on the map, just south west of Exeter.
Volunteering at Woodah
Our reserves team run a monthly practical day at the site. Why not give some time to help out with practical tasks?