Folly Farm

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This peaceful and unspoilt site with its spectacular views, beautiful meadows and historic woodlands lies near the village of Stowey Sutton in Bath & North East Somerset and is owned and managed by Avon Wildlife Trust.

The meadows at Folly Farm are some of the rarest in Britain.

Unspoilt by pesticides and fertilisers, in summer they are brimming with flowers such as betony, ox-eye daisy and heath spotted orchid. In late summer, they are covered with drifts of black knapweed and devil's-bit scabious.

Many butterflies can be seen throughout the summer, including ringlet, small tortoiseshell, gatekeeper and marbled white. The rare marsh fritillary has also been found here.

Dowlings Wood is largely ancient hazel coppice. The woodland floor is extremely rich in springtime flowers, such as primrose, bluebell and early purple orchid.

The wildflower meadows and Dowlings Wood at Folly Farm are already designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Nuthatch, buzzard and great spotted woodpecker can be seen on the site and tawny owls and barn owls both nest and roost on the farm.

Farm buildings at Folly date back as far as the 17th century and the site was originally a model ornamental farm with its own unique water collection systems, bridges, cascades, pools and walkways.

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Travelling southwards from Bristol on the A37 travel through Pensford. At the Chelwood roundabout turn right onto the A368 towards Bishop Sutton. After about 2 miles go past the turning to Chew Magna and take the next small turning on your left very shortly after, just before reaching Stowey.


Bristol to Bishop Sutton (nos 673, 674, 675) or to Clutton no 376.


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