One Horse Field is a beautiful wildflower meadow, we have been managing since 2005 to encourage a greater diversity of meadow flowers and grassland wildlife. We have installed hand-carved seating so you can rest your weary feet for a moment and let the wildlife come to you. The grassland was part of a larger farm which has a grazing history back to the eighteenth century.
How to get there
On foot/By bike – The site can be accessed from Hurst Point View via public footpath T1.
By bus – Coastguard Cottages Stop (Routes 7/12) + 5 min walk. (Bus Timetables)
By Car – There is a free gravel car park on Hurst Point View (halfway down on the left), One Horse Field is behind the car park beside the recreation grounds. Postcode for satnav PO39 0AG
There are mown grass paths across the site and a a gravel public footpath around two sides of the field.
What to look out for
Look out for the spectacular Wasp Spider between July and October in the long grass where they spin their intricate webs (we keep the paths mown so you can avoid the insects if you prefer!). Later in the summer look for the delicate spiral of white flowers which is the Autumn Ladies Tresses orchid. In the summer the meadow is alive with darting dragonflies and butterflies. We have installed hand-carved seating so you can rest your weary feet for a moment and let the wildlife come to you. The meadow is around two hectares and includes semi-improved and herb-rich grassland with mature hedgerows and scrub. Part of the site is designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation and is adjacent to a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Managing the site
This field is of particular importance for biodiversity because of the proximity of semi-improved grassland to wetland. This situation benefits species such as dragonflies, which need meadows for feeding and ponds for breeding. The grassland is of high nature conservation interest that may be lost if the succession to woodland is not impeded. This is done by the removal of annual growth by mowing (with the removal of the cuttings) half a hectare per year on an annual rotation. This will reduce nutrient build up in the soils and prevent the establishment of scrub and maintaining the current nutrient poor sward with its high biodiversity value.
Our slow worm refuge has been built to house a large existing population but is also useful for re-homing displaced and rescued individuals from elsewhere. We mow the paths during the summer to keep them clear and encourage exploring of the field.
There are various ways you can help improve and maintain our sites. We rely on conservation volunteers to help with many tasks and also need people who are happy to regular visit the site be our “eyes and ears”, this means we can respond much quicker to issues. Find out more here.
You can also help by becoming one of our regular supporters. Even giving a few pounds each month can make a real difference, with your donation being invested into site management and improvement work to benefit site visitors and look after our precious wildlife. Sign up here.