Working Wetlands on the Culm

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Culm grasslands are internationally important

Devon Wildlife Trust

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Culm grasslands are home to some of the nation’s most threatened wildlife. But more than half of this habitat has been lost since the late 1980s and just 10% of the resource present in 1900 still survives.

Through Working Wetlands, Devon Wildlife Trust is helping landowners carry out targeted habitat management, creation and restoration projects. The result will be better-linked areas of Culm grassland in the wider countryside, resulting in a working landscape that should regain its function as a natural sponge, reducing excess run-off water and soil erosion. This, in turn, will reduce the risk of serious flooding downstream.

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What's happening?

This scheme is focused in three key areas:

• Knowstone and Witheridge
• Hollow Moor
• Torridge and Tamar headwaters

Devon Wildlife Trust is helping landowners carry out targeted habitat management, creation and restoration projects. 

The creation of a land-use map of the Culm will help to target conservation effort

Financial support through a small grants initiative is helping to enhance management of priority habitats

Training events are provided, covering a wide range of subjects from hedge-laying to grazing management 

Start: date: 2008

Scheme area: 65,000 hectares

Trust reserves within the scheme

Torridge Headwaters: Volehouse Moor, Mambury Moor, Stowford Moor, Veilstone Moor,
, Vealand Farm. Hollow Moor: Halwill Junction, Sourton Quarry.
Knowstone to Witheridge: Rackenford & Knowstone

This scheme is helping species including...

Marsh fritillary, narrow bordered bee hawk moth, snipe, curlew, willow tit, nightjar

Current threats to the landscape

Habitat fragmentation, agricultural intensification, development, diffuse pollution, non-native species, changes in land use leading to abandonment and inappropriate management.

This scheme is also...

Helping wildlife adapt to climate change, reducing flood risk, improving water quality, storing carbon, reducing soil erosion, providing habitat for pollinating insects, providing volunteering opportunities and skills training, producing local food.


Natural England, Forestry Commission, Environment Agency, local authorities, Butterfly Conservation, South West Water, local landowners, Devon AONB

To find out more

Email: | Tel: 01392 279244 | Working Wetlands on the Culm

Or view the 10 minute project video

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