Know before you go
Parking informationPark on the road near the track leading to Glydon and Lickham Cottage (ST 127 123)
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.
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
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay 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!
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.