Park & Grounds - VALLEY VIEW LAKES & LODGES, North Devon
Valley View
Woodland and river walks
Woodland walks
Countryside woods
Parkland
The Park has two stocked fishing lakes at its centre, the larger of the lakes has Carp up to 20lbs, Tench, Rudd, Roach and Golden Orfe. The smaller of the two lakes has Carp up to 9lbs, Tench, Rudd, Roach and Golden Orfe. Fishing is only allowed for guests, we do not allow Day Tickets fishing at all. A small stream and the Lydeland Water River border the property, which has a total of 8.5 acres for you to explore. The main area of interest is the woodland, which has the river running down its entire length.
The woodland is split into two different woodland types 1. Wet valley bottom woodland and 2. Secondary broadleaved woodland along the sloped area.
The Wet Valley Bottom Woodland
This area has been a wood for approx 3 to 400 years with the early maps from 1880 showing this area as culm grassland. It has been "scrubbed up" to form an important area of wet woodland, consisting of mainly Willow, Hazel and Alder. The ground flora is very rich in this section of the wood with wild daffodils wild garlic primrose bluebells and orchids There is a large amount of dead and collapsed wood which have been left to aid conservation and provide habitat for the flora and wildlife.
Broadleaved Woodland Along The Valley Side
This is made up of mainly Ash and the occasional large Oak. Many of the large Oaks were likely to have been removed during the war to provide wood for the war effort. There is less flora in this area as it has been used to graze cattle in past years. This practice is no longer carried out and the ground flora is returning.
At the Eastern end of the wood is a gorse bank providing important habitat for small birds such as Whitethroats, Blackcaps various Warblers and possibly the Dartford Warbler, which is quite rare.
There is evidence of Roe Deer within the woodland and that Buzzards use the area for nesting. We have Pheasants, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Buzzards, Ducks, Frogs and the occasional Heron and Otter.
"Both woodlands provide considerable wildlife interest, the display of wild daffodils is one of the best I have ever seen." Peter Webb, Consultant Forestry Advisor, South West Forest.
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