campaigning for Dartmoor
These meadows boast an incredible diversity of wildflowers, supporting an abundance of insects, including beautiful butterflies and vital bees. We've even spotted Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillaries nectaring here. During a recent orchid count conducted by volunteers from Devon Wildlife Trust and the DPA, we were delighted to find an impressive number of orchids: 742 Greater Butterfly-orchids, 1419 Heath Spotted-orchids, 1169 Southern Marsh-orchids, and 87 Twayblades—all flourishing in harmony.
To maintain the delicate balance of the ecosystem, we implement a careful management plan. This includes cutting back bracken in late summer and allowing short-term pony grazing in late summer/autumn to prevent the colonization of dominant and invasive species. The Land Management Group is actively working on an updated plan to ensure the continuation of the compassionate management that has been in place for the last decade or more, thus safeguarding the area's unique qualities and rare inhabitants.
COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF…
We warmly welcome the public to visit this enchanting site. However, we kindly ask that you tread with utmost care to avoid causing any harm to the delicate orchids. Please refrain from entering the fields if ponies are present. Limited parking is available on the verge where the bridlepath leaves Pudsham Down, so please plan accordingly.