Know before you go
Parking informationParking at Meeth Quarry
A walk around this reserve will take about half an hour
The terrain is wet and challenging in places, visitors are advised to wear wellies or boots. Pushchair and wheelchair users are unlikely to be able to pass the boardwalk at present.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to September, November to February
About the reserve
A troubled past has given way to today's beauty. In 2002, at the height of the terrible foot and mouth crisis, Ash Moor was chosen to be a vast burial site for infected cattle. Plans were made and the landscape was hollowed out in preparation.
Transformed for nature
Fortunately, the burial site was never used. Today Devon Wildlife Trust cares for what has been transformed into a wonderful network of meadows, ponds and wetlands. This is now a top spot for wildlife.
How to get to Ash Moor
Summer gets the place buzzing
Summer brings out butterflies across Ash Moor including a colony of the rare wood white butterfly.
Dragonflies, damselflies, swallows and sand martins also buzz across the nature reserve's ponds. Look out for the occasional visit of hobbies. These little falcons chase down their prey over the water.