Wellington Castle Fields
Know before you go
Parking informationEither park in NT Wellington Monument (pay and display) then walk downhill on public footpath to the reserve or limited roadside parking on narrow lane at ST 141 181 and walk souith down Beacon Lane on public footpath.
Grazing animalsGrazed with cattle and ponies.
There is a lot of very rough grassland and paths can be very wet and muddy particularly in winter.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The fields here include a variety of habitats; unimproved and semi improved grassland, woodland and areas of bracken and scrub. The site has a great flora and fauna.
The reserve is mostly grassland with small areas of woodland on a steep north-facing slope of the Blackdown Hills. The grassland here is unimproved species rich pasture supporting rare plants such as Dyers Greenweed, Sneezewort and Common Spotted Orchids. Due to a spring line crossing the reserve some of the grassland is very damp which suites Devil's-bit Scabious, Betony, Common Fleabane and Meadow Thistle. Other plants here include Mat-grass, Quaking- grass and the sedges Flea- sedge and Pale-sedge. The small woodland had several fine trees mostly Oak, Beech and Sweet Chestnut with the low shrub Bilberry growing beneath them.
Reserve conservation management - To maintain this important habitat the site is grazed with cattle and ponies.
Wellington Castle Fields is also close to NT Wellington Monument.