This small reserve is a lovely example of the marshy Culm Pasture that has been lost from so much of the West Country.

Notable plants

  • Pale Butterwort
  • Lesser Skullcap

Notable mammals

  • Otter


The reserve is a fine example of ‘Culm Pasture’ - the wet, healthy grassland dominated by Purple Moor-grass that is one of the most important wildlife habitats in western parts of the British Isles. The reserve slopes down to the river Haddeo and is bordered by the raised beech hedgebanks typical of the area. The reserve is maintained through light grazing with Exmoor ponies and scrub control.

Area: 5 hectares

Management activities

  • Summer grazing is either by Exmoor ponies or a few cattle.
  • Winter scrub control by volunteers.
  • Occasional swaling to control Molinia.


  • Map Reference: SS 996 290 Ordnance Survey map: 194
  • Postcode:  TA4 2HX
  • Nearest town:  Wiveliscombe

The reserve lies on the north side of the B3190 at Upton, just east of Wimbleball Lake. The car park for the Church opposite the reserve may be used for parking. Please take care when crossing this fast road - there is no pavement.

Public transport

Tiverton Parkway (10 miles) is the nearest railway station.


  • Nearest toilet:   Wiveliscombe – approx 8 miles
    Nearest shops:  Wiveliscombe – approx 8 miles

Site access and safety

The reserve entrance is through a field gate and stile, which are being modified to provide easier access. In dry weather the roadside part of the reserve has firm ground with a short turf, the rest of the site is rather wet in parts, even in summer.

Please do not attempt to approach or feed the Exmoor ponies - they are free-ranging animals and can be upset by dogs so please keep those on leads and under control.

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

Notable nearby sites

  • Haddon Hill (Heath Fritillary site)
  • Rackenford Moor (Devon Wildlife Trust reserve - Marsh Fritillary site)
  • Langford Heathfield (Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve)


Dave Ayling, Honorary Reserve Warden:

  • Telephone: 01643 821664
  • Email: @email