There has been a grass landing strip at Farway Common Airfield for the last thirty years.  During that time the surrounding land, which is on the clay with flints geology that surrounds our valley and very wet all winter, has been managed as a traditional meadow with no fertilisers and a single, late summer harvest of the hay.  This has allowed the development of a significant diversity of wild flowers including a large population of Southern Marsh Orchids. 

The new owners are working with the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group and Sidmouth Arboretum to further enhance the nature value of this important site.  They have given permission for us to lead a walk, on June 2nd at 2pm, around the site to help record what is living there.  

There is a hard standing for parking but car sharing would be appreciated.  The site is level but the sward is already quite long and the ground is wet so appropriate footwear is in order.  Hatway Hill can be quite rough and bumpy in places and the best way to reach the site is to go to the Hare and Hounds at Putts Corner, right onto Seaton Road towards Knapp Copse Nature Reserve.  Then turn right into Hatway Hill 3km along Seaton Road.  The gateway into the airfield is on the left just past the farm buildings.

Meet near the top of Hatway Hill, SY164938,


3 thoughts on “June Wild Flower Walk – Farway Common – June 2nd at 2pm

  1. Is there a date for this please?

    1. Stefan Drew says:

      June 2nd at 2pm

  2. For those interested here is my species list for the visit along with a short write-up:

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