Stoke Camp, Somerset

Stoke Camp, Somerset

Species to look out for

This site is an ancient hillfort with steep limestone grassland slopes in a spectacular location on the Mendip Hills. Wildflowers and butterflies abound. Fine views over the Somerset Levels, across the Bristol Channel to Wales, and south to Glastonbury Tor and Dorset

Plants of note include green-winged orchids, autumn ladies tresses, kidney and horse-shoe vetch.

Directions

Grid Reference: ST 492 512 O.S. Map: 182 Size: 10.7 hectares (26 acres)

The reserve lies above Rodney Stoke Woods National Nature Reserve (NNR) and next to Draycott Sleights and House Ground (Somerset Wildlife Trust Reserves), on the Mendip ridge above Draycott.

From Draycott:

  • Turn up New Road by the old Methodist Chapel (now flats)
  • Proceed up this steep narrow lane for three-quarters of a mile
  • Park on left beside entrance to Draycott Sleights reserve (Somerset Wildlife Trust)
  • Cross the road, go through the gate and cross the field ('House Ground') walking slightly uphill
  • The field gate in the far wall is the reserve entrance

Public transport

Draycott village is on the A371 between Cheddar and Wells and served by local bus routes from both Weston-Super-Mare and Wells.

Site access and safety

The reserve is designated Open Access land. The bridleway crossing the site terminates at the eastern boundary. Cattle and sheep graze the site during much of the year - please keep dogs on leads when they are present and from 1 March to 31 July to protect ground nesting birds as required by the Countryside Code and Open Access rules.

Much of the reserve is steeply sloping but there are more level areas and manageable paths. Cattle graze the site in autumn and winter.

Most ticks are little more than an irritation, but a few can transmit Lyme disease, a rare and potentially serious illness which is treatable with antibiotics if diagnosed early. It is therefore important to be informed and take some simple precautions

Contact

Chris Iles, Honorary Warden - tel: 01761 239092 or email: kifill22@hotmail.com