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Barrington Hill

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Barrington Hill

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Barrington Hill
Broadway
Ilminster
Somerset
TA19 9LW

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Barrington Hill NNR is made up of 4 meadows of unimproved, species-rich neutral grassland. This is a habitat rarely found in England.
Main habitats: grassland
In spring, green-winged orchid are particularly plentiful throughout the meadows. Other orchids regularly recorded include the early purple, common twayblade and common spotted varieties. The best time to visit is between early May and early June.
The site is particularly notable for its abundance of rare French oat-grass, a nationally scarce plant and major constituent of the grassland.
The hedgerows (some with large oaks) are also home to a wide range of birds, small mammals and insects. Local butterflies include common blue, meadow brown, speckled wood, brimstone and orange tip.
To maintain the grassland, a late hay cut is taken from each field in July or August. The aftermath growth is then grazed with cattle and/or sheep. Hedgerows are left to grow uncut for a few years to provide habitat for small mammals and birds. A section of hedge is laid each year.

Opening Times

National Nature Reserve (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

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