Andrew´s Wood

Andrew´s Wood

  • Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve
  • Unspoilt countryside
  • Variety of wildlife including Glow Worms

Andrew´s Wood reserve covers woods and grassland, over a system of fields originally farmed by the villagers of Stanton. The ruins of this hamlet can still be found at the southern end of the reserve.

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The reserve was leased by the Devon Wildlife Trust in 1965 and purchased in 1986. In the past it was known as Stanton Moor but was sold to Devon Wildlife Trust on condition that the name would be changed. The new name is in memory of the former owner´s late son.

The grassland areas of Andrew’s Wood are of particular importance because they support Britain’s largest colony of the heath lobelia - a rare plant with beautiful pinky-purple flowers. The woodland is mainly composed of oak, birch and sallow with alder buckthorn, guelder rose and creeping willow at the edges of clearings.

The woodland itself is home to large variety of animals: tree pipits, dormice, glow worms, woodcock and spider hunting wasps. There are two walks marked clearly; one which takes about half an hour and the other an hour starting from the car park which can be found just on the right approximately 250m beyond Coldharbour Cross.

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