Access to this Devon Wildlife Trust managed nature reserve/site
We recognise access to nature is hugely important to wellbeing, but at this difficult time, we need to have the health of our staff and the community at the forefront of our mind - including neighbours to our nature reserves. Nature reserve car parks are therefore temporarily closed, and we are asking people not to drive/travel to our sites. For those who live locally and may be accessing sites for the purposes of their daily exercise, we ask that everyone observe government restrictions on outdoor access and ensure guidelines on social distancing are always followed.
Please be aware that key staff will be accessing this site for regular livestock and health and safety checks.
Advice and rules on public access may change. Please keep up to date on the status of access to our sites and also to benefit from lots of great information about our work, about wildlife and about how you can take action for Devon’s stunning natural environment, by visiting www.devonwildlifetrust.org and by following us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram
Our work for local wildlife continues and remains as important as ever. To find out more about ways in which you can help and enjoy wildlife at home and how to support our work visit www.devonwildlifetrust.org/support-us
Know before you go
Parking informationLimited roadside parking
Grazing animalsYes, at certain times of year
A walk around this reserve will take about 45 minutes
The terrain wet and boggy in places, visitors are advised to wear wellies or boots.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to September
About the reserve
A series of freshwater springs feeds this reserve. Its wet-peatland was once common here in the Blackdown Hills but is now very rare.
The permanently wet soils mean a host of peat-loving plants still thrive here. Ashculm Turbary is also home to good numbers of dragonflies and birds.
Taking your time
Narrow and uneven paths lead you through heather and purple moor grass. The reserve's plant life may seem pretty uniform, but take the time to look and you'll also see a host of wet-loving species including oblong-leaved sundew, pale butterwort and bog asphodel.
Harvest mice find a home in tall grass stems - look for their distinctive, spherical nests about the size of a satsuma. At dusk barn owls hunt these mice and other small mammals.