Natural England - Hardington Moor NNR

Hardington Moor NNR

Hardington Moor NNR comprises three meadows of species-rich grassland surrounded by established hedges.

Hardington Moor NNR

County: Somerset

Main habitats: Grassland

Why visit: Hardington Moor features over one hundred higher plant species, making the site one of the finest remaining examples of neutral grassland in England.

The steep south-facing flower rich meadows have excellent views into Dorset.

Star species: The nationally scarce French oat-grass is a major constituent of the sward at the reserve.

Strong populations of the green-winged orchid and adder’s tongue fern are notable with other orchids including common spotted, pyramidal, common twayblade, early purple, southern marsh, autumn ladies tresses and greater butterfly recorded regularly.

Butterflies seen on the site include the large skipper, green-veined white, green hairstreak, gatekeeper, common blue and tortoiseshell.

Managing the reserve

The main objective of management is to maintain the grassland. Traditional hay meadow management involves taking a late hay cut 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.

How to get there

We encourage the use of sustainable transport whenever possible.

By cycle

The site is near regional Route 30 (South Somerset Cycle Road) of the Sustrans National Cycle Network and close to the junction with National Route 26external link.

By train

The nearest train station is in Yeovilexternal link.

By bus

Local bus services run from Yeovil along the A30. See the Traveline SWexternal link website for details.

By car

Hardington Moor is 2.5 miles south west of Yeovil, off the A30. The reserve is adjacent to Coker Hill Lane from Hardington Mandeville to West Coker.

On foot

Two trails pass near the reserve: Monarch's Wayexternal link and the Liberty Trail.

Visiting the reserve

The nearest toilet and refreshment facilities are in nearby villages.

Want to get involved?

Volunteering opportunities involving general maintenance and upkeep of the reserve are available. For information, contact site staff on 07810 297886.

Further information

To find out more about the reserve, contact site staff on 07810 297886.