Meresfelle Autumn culm scene

Meresfelle

One of the best remaining areas of Culm grassland in Devon.

Location

near Woolfardiswarthy (Woolsery)
Bideford
Devon
EX39 5QZ

OS Map Reference

SS 310 190
A static map of Meresfelle

Know before you go

Size
13 hectares

Parking information

Limited roadside parking

Walking trails

Paths can be wet and rough in places.

Access

Rough paths which can be wet in places.

Dogs

Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

All year round

Best time to visit

April to October

About the reserve

Meresfelle is a precious reminder of the Culm grasslands that dominated the landscape of this part of north-west Devon.

It has survived until today because of the careful traditional management of Devon Wildlife Trust and its previous owners.

 

Contact us

Steve Threlkeld
Contact number: 01392 279244

Location map

Marsh Fritillary

Marsh Fritillary. Photo, Mike Symes

Culm grassland can be extremely wet and rough underfoot, making Meresfelle a place to visit in summer and early autumn. Time your visit correctly and in May, June and early July you'll see wildflowers make this site a particularly colourful place to visit during late May and June. The rare marsh fritillary butterfly is also found here. 

 

Frog in a pond

Frog. Photo, Mike Tuckett

A pure pleasure

Meresfelle's network of pools, ditches and runnels in the grassland make this a rich site for dragonflies and amphibians. Tread slowly and carefully and you might spot a sunbathing grass snake or adder. Frogs and toads can also be spotted.  

Meresfelle is a long way from any city. It's pure air quality mean that its trees hang with lichens, mosses and ferns. At the reserve's southern edge is the River Torridge. In summer the river's clear waters support large populations of riverflies (stoneflies, midges, mayflies, etc). These make a good meal for the hundreds of small brown trout that patrol the water.

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