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Lynchcombe

The wide south facing valley of Lynchcombe reserve provides a sheltered sunny haven for wildlife, whilst the upper slopes command a panoramic view of the Somerset levels and beyond.

Nearby Reserves

Cooks Field

 

Wildlife

What to See

 

Silver washed

 

Buzzard

 

Common Rock-rose

 

Fungi

 

Lynchcombe reserve provides a wide range of habitats for wildlife, with over 130 species of flowering plant recorded on the site. On the steeper slopes and rocky limestone outcrops there is a very rich and diverse flora including Common Rock Rose, Mouse Ear Hawkweed and Small Scabious. You may also find the uncommon Greater Knapweed.

The copse woodlands are dominated by Ash & hazel with a ground flora including bluebells, wood speedwell and the occasional Moschatel plant. The shady woodland surrounding Ramspit swallet is a haven for mosses and ferns.

The hawthorn scrub provides excellent habitat for songbirds such as the Whitethroat and Grasshopper warbler, whilst buzzards and Kestrels are a common sight hunting over the grasslands.

The reserve is home to a diverse number of butterfly species but woodland edge species such as Speckled Wood, Silver Washed Fritillary and Gatekeeper are regularly seen.

About

About

Lynchcombe reserve and its neighbour Cooks Fields reserve lie on the Mendip escarpment above the village of Westbury sub Mendip. The northern slopes of the reserve are dominated by the strip lynchets associated with the ruined medieval farm site at Deer Leap.

The site is being managed to enhance and extend the species rich grassland through a combination of grazing and removal of encroaching scrub. Areas of woodland have been fenced to prevent damage by grazing animals, whilst small dense blocks of scrub will be retained as habitat for birds and mammals.

Health & Safety: Some slippery or uneven paths; some steep areas and an unprotected cliff edge; watch out for site management activities.

Location

Location & Access

Map

Parking

There is no parking at Cooks Fields or Lynchcombe reserves. The nearest public car park is at Deer Leap viewpoint (ST518492) - pinpointed on the map above.

Lynchcombe reserve can be accessed from Deer Leap by following the bridleway south to Westbury Sub Mendip from the car park.

Cooks Fields reserve can be accessed from Deer Leap by following the permissive path west from the car park

Wheelchair access 

There is no wheelchair access possible to Cooks Fields or Lynchcombe reserves.

Opening

The reserves are open access throughout the year. Dogs are welcome but please keep them under strict control as livestock are grazing the reserves for most of the year.

How to get there

By road: ­ Deer Leap car park & viewpoint is on Pelting Drove south of the village of Priddy (ST518492).

By bicycle: ­ A national cycle network route (No 3 ­ Land’s End to Bristol) runs along Pelting Drove.

Lynchcombe reserve can be accessed from Deer Leap by following the bridleway south to Westbury Sub Mendip from the car park.

Cooks Fields reserve can be accessed from Deer Leap by following the permissive path west from the car park

Events

Events Nearby

Click the following link for a full list of Somerset wildlife events