Dunsdon contains probably the single most important example in England of a type of pasture known locally as Culm Grassland. Culm Grassland is a marshy, heathy vegetation that occurs over the slates and shales of the Culm Measures across north western Devon. It is a very diverse wildlife habitat, often extremely rich in wild flowers and supporting an immense range of other wildlife. Culm Grassland has declined sharply in extent since the 1970s and Dunsdon along with DWT’s other 7 Culm Nature Reserves represent an important reservoir for the wildlife of this area.
Location and access: Dunsdon is in Torridge District, north west of Holsworthy. From Holsworthy, take the A3072 west towards Bude, after 2.5 miles take a right turn to Pancrasweek. Continue north past Pancrasweek church for about a mile, turn right at the T-junction, through Lana, following the lane round a sharp left bend. The entrance to the Nature Reserve is on the left, just before Gains Cross (Grid reference SS302 080). There is a large car parking area at the end of the driveway
OS Map: SS 295078 and SS 307083