Scanniclift Copse

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Scanniclift Copse: A permissive path forms a circuit within the reserve; the circular walk takes 45 minutes. The path is quite steep in places. The woodland consists mainly of oak, last coppiced some 60 - 100 years ago; some of the larger specimens are probably over 300 years old. Ash is common on the upper slopes of the wood and there is an interesting stand of elm (unfortunately dead or dying) that appears to be a clone pocket - all the trees having arisen from the suckers of one original tree. Beech, hornbeam, field maple and crab apple also occur, and hazel, holly, spindle, blackthorn and hawthorn are present in the shrub layer. The rich ground flora contains a variety of typical woodland species such as bluebell, wild garlic, wood anemone, bugle, pignut, wood spurge, enchanters nightshade, greater woodrush and sweet woodruff.

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From the B3193 Dunsford to Chudleigh road, take the road for Doddiscombsleigh at the Teign House Inn. Cross the river Teign and park beyond this where the road widens. Walk a further 150m, over the old railway bridge. The road bends left and the entrance to the track which leads to the nature reserve is on the right.


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