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Dobbies Meadow

The species-rich wet tussocky grassland contains a number of orchid and other wetland plant species and provides valuable habitat for a range of invertebrates.

Acquired in 2013 following a successful public appeal for funds to buy the land on Scollag Road, near Abbeylands, this site is currently in the initial stages of being restored.

Habitats: Open scrub, tall semi-natural grassland, stream and willow curragh.
Notable species: Currently being catalogued but includes northern marsh orchid, common spotted orchid and cuckoo flower.  

Description: The newest acquisition in the Trust’s estate, the site sits at the western fringes of Onchan at the head of a small stream that feeds down to the River Glass.

The reserve comprises one large meadow, containing a mosaic of dense and open willow scrub surrounding areas of cattle grazed wet grassland alongside the small stream.  To the southern end is a small area of willow curragh woodland.  

The species-rich wet tussocky grassland, which has developed as a result of many years of low intensity cattle grazing and no artificial inputs, contains a number of orchid and other wetland plant species and provides valuable habitat for a range of invertebrates.

Management: Initial management is concentrated in getting access track cleared and boundary secure.  The traditional low-intensity cattle grazing that has allowed the development of the diverse wet tussocky grassland will be continued.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Farmland, Grassland

Nearby nature reserves

Ballachrink
0 miles - Manx Wildlife Trust
Moaney & Crawyn's Meadows
0 miles - Manx Wildlife Trust
Barnell Reservoir
0 miles - Manx Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Please note: This reserve is closed to the public
IM5 1AB
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Size
4.00 hectares
Access
No

No access to this closed site
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Tricia Sayle, Reserves Officer
Tel: 01624 844432
tricia@manxwt.org.uk