Little Breach, Devon

Little Breach, Devon

Species to look out for

Part of the Blackdown and Sampford Commons Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Little Breach reserve is an area of heathy grassland with bracken, blackthorn and birch scrub.


This reserve comprises two small meadows between the heathland common and adjoining forestry. They support a varied grassland cover with stands of bracken and scrub, as well as outgrown hedgerows.

Area: 0.7 hectares (1.7 acres)


Grid Reference: ST 115 155 O.S. Map: 193

From Nicholashayne, south west of Wellington, follow minor road south towards Woodgate. Turn left after quarter of a mile at crossroads up track. Park at Purchas Farm. Follow bridleway north-east, turning east at the top of the hill.

Site Access and safety

The reserve entrance is currently through a field gate, and does not yet have a reserve sign. The entranceway is to be upgraded though there are no clear pathways on this gently sloping site and accessibility is presently impeded by the vegetation.


John Davis at Butterfly Conservation Head Office - tel: 01929 400209