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Lower Lewdon

A mosaic of grassland and woodland, featuring the scarce marbled white butterfly

This reserve is contained within a large triangular enclosure which forms part of a steep-sided valley. The site has many springs, so a large part of the land is waterlogged for much of the year. It is a mosaic of culm grassland and woodland, crisscrossed with rides and paths. The marbled white butterfly has been in decline in recent years, but can be seen here from late June through to August. Long grass, particularly red fescue, provides a sympathetic habitat for these attractive butterflies.The willow tit is a scarce bird in Cornwall and a speciality of the culm, more or less restricted to wet willow woodlands.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Vealand Farm
3 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
3 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Maer Lake
3 miles - Cornwall Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

1.5 miles (2.2 km) south of Kilkhampton
Map reference
SS 256 096
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
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5.00 hectares

Public footpaths around the reseve which can be muddy and difficult at times. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
There is a boardwalk and a way marked track that can be uneven in places and also muddy when wet
Limited parking in a small car park near the reserve
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01872 273939


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