Area: 1.5 hectares.
Description and Reasons for Notification:
This site consists of a single herb-rich field supporting a grassland community with a restricted distribution in Britain and one which is now very scarce in Devon. The field supports the largest known colony of green-winged orchid Orchis morio in the county.
The field lies on a very gentle slope running down to a tree-lined stream to the north-east. It has clayey soils, moderately freely draining, and lies over the Bovey Beds.
The sward is characterised by frequent common knapweed Centaurea nigra, and crested dog’s-tail Cynosurus cristatus, although a wide variety of other herbs and grasses typical of neutral grassland are also present, such as meadow vetchling Lathyrus pratensis, oxeye daisy Leucanthemum vulgare, spring-sedge Carex caryophyllea, flea-sedge C. pulicaris, quaking-grass Briza media and heath-grass Danthonia decumbens. Several large colonies of corky-fruited water dropwort Oenanthe pimpinelloides, a nationally-uncommon species, occur.
The field is particularly notable for its orchids, especially for several thousand individuals of the green-winged orchid, a very local plant in Devon. Other species to be found are heath spotted-orchid Dactylorhiza maculata, southern marsh-orchid D. praetermissa and two species with a restricted distribution in Devon, common spotted-orchid D. fuchsii and early marsh-orchid D. incarnata.