Know before you go
Parking informationLimited roadside parking
Ground can be wet and uneven in places but there are some stretches of boardwalk over the most difficult areas, the way mark trail around the reserve takes about an hour to walk.
Uneven paths. Parts of the reserve and its paths can be wet and muddy.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to September
About the reserve
Meshaw Moor is what many parts of mid and north Devon would have once looked, smelt, felt and sounded like.
It's patchwork of small irregular shaped fields are bounded by hedges. The fields themselves are classic Culm and flower-rich hay meadows. So rich is Meshaw's crop of summer flowers we often harvest its seed and use it to restore grasslands elsewhere.
How to get to Meshaw Moor
The nature reserve's wet meadows bloom in summer with heath-spotted and southern marsh orchids, Devil's-bit scabious and meadow thistles. In the drier fields the tall purple heads of black knapweed nod in the breeze.
Passing through and above all this colour is a huge range of insects including crickets, grasshoppers, butterflies and dragonflies. Look for the black and white beating wings of marbled white butterflies - still a common sight here.
Venture to Meshaw Moor at dusk on a clear winter's evening to see the last feeding roe deer, before the hoots of tawny owls begin. This is a place where the absence of light pollution means wonderful night skies await you.
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