Know before you go
Parking informationNo formal car park. There is roadside parking in the very narrow lane that runs past the reserve in a layby at ST 036 284. The reserve entrance is just about opposite this layby on the north side of the road.
Grazing animalsThe fields are cattle grazed.
Parts of the reserve are uneven and steeply sloping and in wet weather the paths can become muddy and slippery. The mire is extremely wet and boggy all year round. The presence of a large number of old trees does give rise to the possible risk of falling branches etc, especially in windy weather.
Contact the Trust for access information.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The reserve is a mixture of neutral grassland and mire and woodland on a north facing slope around the headwaters of the River Tone.
The mire, or bog, is very flowery in spring and summer. Early in the year, before most species have emerged, Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage is conspicuous with its golden/green foliage and flowers. Later Ragged Robin, Marsh Violet, Common Heather, Bilberry, Meadowsweet, Marsh Pennywort, Devils-bit Scabious, Meadow Thistle, Purple Moor-grass, Heath Spotted and Southern Marsh orchids can all be seen.
With so many streams and pools in the area its no wonder this is such a good place to come and see dragonflies. All the following have been seen on the reserve, Golden Ringed Dragonfly, Large Red Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Banded Demoiselle, Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Broad Bodied Chaser, Four Spotted Chaser, Black Tailed Skimmer and Common Darter.
24 species of butterfly have been recorded and most likely all are breeding in the reserve. They include Common Blue, Small Copper, Green Hairstreak, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Marbled White, Small Heath, Wall, Small Skipper and Dingy Skipper.
Reserve conservation management - Winter scrub control is carried out.
Huish Moor is also close to Haddon Hill, Wimbleball Lake, Haddon Moor Butterfly Conservation Reserve and Exmoor National Park. Clatworthy Reservoir is also in the vicinity.