Thirteen fields of wildflower-rich Culm grassland make up this smallholding which has remained unchanged for decades

Location

One mile south of the village of Meshaw, close to the B3137, between South Molton and Witheridge
South Molton
Devon
EX36 4NL

OS Map Reference

SS 761 185
A static map of Meshaw Moor

Know before you go

Size
14 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Limited roadside parking

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

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.

Access

Uneven paths. Parts of the reserve and its paths can be wet and muddy. 

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May 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.

Contact us

Devon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01392 279244

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

Black and white butterfly sits on top of purple flower

Marbled white butterfly. Photo, Chris Root

In spring and summer grasshopper warblers, tree pipits and yellowhammers sing from the sidelines using the shelter of traditional Devon hedgebanks and their oaks, ash and hazel.

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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