The Culm Grassland of Dunsdon Farm and the adjoining National Nature Reserve is a rare and most important example of a type of pasture known locally as Culm grassland. Culm grassland is a marshy, heathy vegetation that occurs across parts of north western Devon.
Heath Spotted Orchid
Southern Marsh Orchid
Bladder Birch Lichen (woods)
Wavy-Leaved St. John’s -Wort
Fauna26 Butterfly species, inc:
Bee Hawk Moth
Broad Bodied Chaser
Short Eared Owl (winter)
Re-connecting the Culm
The culm measures provide home to a diverse habitat, rich in wild flowers and which support an immense range of other wildlife, not often seen in other areas.
Purple moor grass, the tussocky deciduous grass characterises the open areas of Dunsdon, showing a distinctively pale brown colour in winter, interspersed with soft and sharp flowered rush. The wet woodland and scrub areas are dominated by grey and eared willow with alder and birch, oak, hazel and ash on the hedge banks.