Ponies amongst bracken at Lickham Common nature reserve

Lickham Common

Wet, boggy and full of wildlife! You'll sometimes meet our Exmoor ponies at Lickham Common.

Location

1 mile south west of Hemyock. Park on the main road, then access the track via foot only leading towards Lickham Cottages.
Taunton
Devon
EX15 3RU gets you close to main entrance

OS Map Reference

ST 128 122
A static map of Lickham Common

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park on the road near the track leading to Glydon and Lickham Cottage (ST 127 123)

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Steep track to the reserve; ground can be very wet and boggy and the going can be very difficult even in dry weather. Allow 45 minutes to explore the reserve.

Access

Open site that is wet and rough. Steep track to the reserve; ground can be very wet and boggy and the going can be very difficult even in dry weather. Contact the Trust for disabled access information

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to September

About the reserve

A wet heathland area surrounded by woodland. A fascinating mix of heathland plants.

This isn't the easiest nature reserve to find or to explore. Made up of wet and boggy heathland it's a challenge to stay dry, but it is worth the effort!

Contact us

Devon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01392 279244

Environmental designation

Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)

Location map

Adder basking in the sunlight

Adder. Photo, Chris Root

This kind of heathland was once much more common in these parts but now Lickham Common is a rare example. It takes Devon Wildlife Trust a great deal of effort and the grazing of our herd of Exmoor ponies to maintain it.

In amongst the tall purple moor grass grow marsh violets, lesser spearwort and horsetails. Frogs and toads also thrive in the wet conditions, and the dense grassland provides good cover for adders, grass snakes and slow-worms. Tread slowly and you may catch a glimpse.

Explore the Blackdown Hills from here

Lickham Common forms part of a chain of three nature reserves in the Blackdown Hills cared for by Devon Wildlife Trust. Take time to discover the others at Ashculm Turbary and Clayhidon Turbary.

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