Meddon Green is a 4.2 acre Local Nature Reserve, located at the edge of our village in Meddon, Devon. It consists of unimproved Culm grassland (which is a UK priority habitat) surrounded by hazel coppice. The reserve is owned by Hartland Parish Council and was declared in 2007. The site contains many typical culm grassland plants including Southern Marsh Orchid and Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil.
Volunteers have cleared much willow scrub from the site prior to getting the site fenced and grazed. The two photos below were taken by Trudie Kerr, (a long-time Meddon Green volunteer). Recent management of the vegetation (up to July 2018) by a group of volumteers, led by Tom Hynes, formerly of North Devon Biosphere, and more recently by Trudie Kerr has made a huge difference to access in the run up to the Summer months. Grant applications to allow us to rake the pond, improve the entrance, create an information notice, install benches and a side-gate and fit a cattle trough have been successful (a big 'thank-you' to TARKA WILDLIFE TRUST, 'AWARDS FOR ALL' , GRANTSCAPE and EAST YOULSTONE WIND TURBINE COMMUNITY BENEFIT TRUST for assistance and funding, and we are also most grateful to Hartland Parish Council for their continuing support). We hope to return the Reserve to the way it looked in the third picture below, some years ago when the ponds weren't so overgrown! We had some of Brian and Wendy's cattle (necessary to promote the characteristic Culm grassland wildlife) grazing for a few days in the summer of 2017, and they are back on again now (2.7.18). Meddon Green has dried out in recent months and there should be a cumulative positive effect of grazing in the comming summers.A number of fence-posts have rotted and are due to be replaced in a couple of days time (during the heatwave!) - many thanks to Brian and Wendy Heard and Les for their ongoing commitment.

Our bat-walk 30th August 2017 was a great success - 40 grown-ups and children came and most of them enjoyed a hot drink and flapjack at the Hall afterwards. We hope to have a similar event during 2018, so watch this space!

Our wonderful new information/ sign is now in place at the main entrance to the green, with beautiful artwork by Ellen Gowland, a wildlife artist based in Morwenstow. It was so attractive that we thought is would make a lovely background to our new village hall sign.

 

 


 





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