Species-rich grassland has been reduced in the UK by 97% in the last 50 years and losses are continuing. Such areas are often abundant with insects and can be very important for birds and bats.
We are fortunate at Fursdon to have several such habitats, contained within traditional meadowed areas, which are actively managed (with advice from Devon Wildlife Trust) to promote their conservation.
On Bank Holiday Monday 29th May, we are delighted to open up these areas as part of an extended opening, giving visitors the chance to enjoy these beautiful meadows as they spring to life this summer.
Devon Wildlife Trust will be at Fursdon on the day to answer any questions visitors may have with regards meadows and their establishment and the work that they do to support the natural environment in Devon.
Watch out for :
Greater bird’s-foot-trefoil, Southern marsh-orchid, Marsh-bedstraw, Common knapweed and water mint alongside a variety of bird, butterfly and bug life and a variety of native grasses.
The meadows are accessed via our recently restored ‘Meadow Garden’ – so called in the hope that we will eventually establish another meadowed area here. Our efforts to establish yellow-rattle (harvested from our traditional meadows) alongside native wildflowers such as Meadow cranesbill and Devils-bit Scabious are a work in progress!
Our meadows form part of an area on the estate that has recently achieved County Wildlife Site designation – a recognition that highlights the rich biodiversity and wildlife present within this patch of rural mid-Devon countryside.
Please see our Opening Times & Prices for full details of our opening times on the day.