Saturday 22nd June 2019, 11:00am

Tiverton Hospital

Contact

  • Peter Beale
  • 01626 333 106 or beale@eclipse.co.uk

50.909606, -3.493414

Sat 22nd June: Tiverton Hospital Wildlife Garden 11 am – 12 midday approx. and Cove Down Farm, near Bampton 2.00 pm onwards.

Meet in the car park of Tiverton Hospital (EX16 6NT), grid ref. SS 951 133. Assemble by the Rotary Club’s garden at the north-eastern end of the grounds. Parking permits will be available for this event.

The garden has been planted with a range of native herbs and shrubs that attract butterflies and bees. This little green mini-haven is good for wildlife and it is very popular with patients who are able to look out onto it from some wards, or to sit in the garden. The tour will be led by Rotarian Gavin Haig FRCS, who was a surgeon at the hospital and whose idea it was to establish the garden.

Travel up the A396 to Cove and turn right in Cove village, or at the next right-hand turn. The latter is just before the nursery and plant centre. The nursery is well worth a visit if you have time between leaving Tiverton Hospital and meeting at Cove Farm (EX16 7RU) at 2.00 pm (grid ref: SS 961 200). Peter Beale will have OS maps that will show the route to Cove Down Farm and can let members have them at the end of the Tiverton Hospital visit.

Cove Down is a large south facing slope of rough grassland, but there is a steep track leading up to the top of the field. The field is attractive to grassland butterflies and the owners’ aim is to enhance its value for a range of wildlife. The track then leads onto grassland fields owned and managed by the League Against Cruel Sports. These fields also support a range of wildlife, including red deer.

The Cove Down tour will be led by Yolanda Cruwys and Paul Tillsley (The League’s Education Officer and Warden for the Cove Down Reserve).

Please let Peter Beale know, if you plan to attend one or both of these events. Tel. 01626 333 106 or beale@eclipse.co.uk