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.