Ashculm Turbary

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Ashculm Turbary is an SSSI leased by the Devon Wildlife Trust from Hemyock Parish Council. The nature reserve covers 6.5 hectares of gently sloping ground, most of which lies below the spring line of the surrounding hills. Here the permanently wet soils have developed wet heath and peat bog plant communities which are now rare and declining in Devon. In the past, parishioners cut the peat for fuel - a practice known as turbary, from which the reserve gets its name - and the resulting wet hollows have added to the reserves floristic interest.

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Blackdown Hills, Devon, Wessex, South West England, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
Ashculm Turbary Nature Reserves


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From Junction 27 on the M5 take the A38 towards Wellington and continue for 6.5miles to a roundabout. Turn right here for Taunton and continue along the A38 for a further 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Monument Road, an unclassified road from Wellington towards Hemyock. Continue for 3km (1.9 miles) until you reach the crossroads; go straight across into Simonsburrow. After 750m (0.5 miles) a track/bridleway on the left leads past ‘Flints' into the reserve. Park carefully on the road verge and walk down the track to reach the entrance.


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