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.