The community website for Pen Selwood
Moldram's Ground is a 4 acre countryside site in the parish of Pen Selwood, near Wincanton. It is a fine example of bog and unimproved grassland, surrounded by dry woodland which is an increasingly rare habitat. The site offers valuable habitat including four ponds and wetlands. Two of the ponds are home to a population of great crested newts. A low impact bird hide provides cover for bird watching and a boardwalk completes an un-surfaced walking loop of the site. There is no dedicated ranger for the area but the sites team regularly visit to undertake project works and maintain the site.
The name Moldram's Ground was taken from three German brothers who had settled here. They had a family business making worsted stockings which were then sold locally. The remains of their cottage, close to the bird hide is no longer visible. A descendant, Olive, still lives in the village. The land was owned by Wessex Water until 1987 when it was transferred to South Somerset District Council.
There is an enormous amount of flora and fauna to be observed. Richard Place has identified and photographed a huge variety. Click here to see the photos.
or contact: Bernard Sullivan, tel: 01747 841 307, mob: 07884 263132 , email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or SSDC Rangers: Rachael Whaites 01935 462282, email: email@example.com
or Jon Marshman 01935 823617