Trust reveals latest nature reserve

We're proud to reveal our latest and 58th nature reserve: Ideford Common.
Dartford warbler at Bovey Heathfield

Dartford warbler. Photo, Rob Cross

Devon Wildlife is the proud new custodian of Ideford Common, near Teignmouth. Its 40 hectares are principally heathland, with some woodland. The nature reserve occupies an enviable spot on the gentle slopes of the Haldon Hills. From it, visitors get tremendous views of the Teign Valley and beyond to Dartmoor. 

The nature reserve is owned by the Clifford Estate and had been managed by Teignmouth District Council since 1993. As the new custodian, Devon Wildlife Trust brings a wealth of experience of caring for similar heathland sites nearby. These include well-known locations such as Chudleigh Knighton Heath, Bovey Heathfield and Teigngrace Meadow nature reserves.

Matt Boydell is Devon Wildlife Trusts’ nature reserves manager. Matt said:

“We’re delighted to be taking on the management of Ideford Common. It’s one of South Devon’s top wildlife reserves and is rightly designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Its covering of heather, gorse and scattered trees make it a good place to see and hear heathland birds including Dartford warblers, stonechats and nightjars. It’s also home to a stunning array of insects like glow worms, small heath and common blue butterflies, as well as reptiles including adders, slow worms and common lizards.”

Alongside its wildlife, Ideford Common also has strong historical interest. It is the site of a pre-historic barrow, and also has two stone cairns.

Trackway running through heathland with sun setting

Ideford Common has a good network of bridleways and paths

Ideford Common is already a popular place with visitors. It has miles of heather lined paths and three separate bridlepaths. Benches with wonderful views and a car park close to its main entrance (managed by Forest Enterprise) complete the picture.

Matt Boydell spoke about Devon Wildlife Trust’s plans for the nature reserve:

“Ideford Common already offers so much for local wildlife, and we’ll look to maintain this, making small improvements where we can. One thing we will be doing is updating the visitor information to help visitors to enjoy this special place. We want people to wander and to discover all that Ideford Common has to offer. All we ask in return is that they do so responsibly, which means following the Countryside Code, taking rubbish home, clearing up after their dogs and keeping them under close control.”

People wanting to plan their visit to Ideford Common nature reserve are urged to go to find out more by going to the ‘Explore’ pages of the Devon Wildlife Trust website.

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