Veilstone Moor view through trees during autumn

Autumn colours at Veilstone Moor nature reserve 

A patchwork of woodland and Culm grassland fields linked by traditional Devon hedge banks.

Location

Nr Dawnmoor Farm
on unnamed road
1.5 miles south west of Stibbs Cross take right turn off A388


Devon
Map reference
SS 410 152
Nr Bideford
Devon
EX38 8LZ will get you close to the reserve

OS Map Reference

SS 410 152
A static map of Veilstone Moor

Know before you go

Size
30 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Limited roadside parking

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

No formal paths and the grassland can be wet and difficult to walk across

Access

Wet and rough ground, few defined paths. The Culm grassland can be difficult to walk across. 

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to September

About the reserve

Veilstone Moor is a good place to get to know the special wild landscape known as Culm. 

Every type of Culm is here. Walk through the reserve and you'll move from dry heathland grasses, past water-filled ditches to damp wildflower-rich meadows and even quaking mires. The latter can mean you feel the earth move beneath your feet as you walk!

Contact us

Devon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01392 279244

Environmental designation

County Wildlife Site
Long-tailed tit sits on twig facing camera

Look out for parties of long-tailed tits in the hedges and trees of Veilstone Moor

Old hedge banks now provide wildlife corridors through which small mammals including stoats, weasels, field voles and wood mice move. In winter fieldfares, mistle thrushes and redwings come to feed on the hedge harvest of hips, sloes and hawthorn berries.

Two blocks of woodland show signs of badgers. Family groups of long-tailed tits forage in the the canopy, while roe deer can be spotted here grazing at the trees' edge where it meets the reserve's fields of Culm grassland.

In summer these fields are dotted with the colours of Culm wildflowers. The yellows of meadow buttercups and bird's foot trefoil feature strongly, while blue is provided by Devil's scabious and purple by early purple orchids.

Veilstone has the air of a wild place and its paths are not always well defined. But if you take a sense of exploration with you there are rewards to be had here. You're unlikely to meet many fellow visitors. This is a quiet corner of Devon, in which your company is the local nature. 

Weasel stands on a stone in grassland

Look for weasels scampering among the reserve's hedge banks. Photo, Terry Longley

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