The community website for Pen Selwood
Moldram's Ground is a small, tranquil meadow and woodland nature reserve on the edge of Pen Selwood village north of the A303 east of Wincanton.
The reserve is a fine example of bog and unimproved grassland, surrounded by dry woodland - an increasingly rare habitat. A nature trail explores the site and identifies features of interest.
A free guide is available.
Moidrams Ground was designated as a local nature reserve in 1987 and is now managed as an important habitat for wildlife. The site can be explored by following the nature trail. Log seating has been provided. School parties are welcome to use the reserve.
Note: There is very limited parking available at the top gate to the reserve. You are advised to park at the Church and walk to the Reserve.
Please do not park in Marsh Lane and inconvenience local residents. Dogs are not permitted in the Reserve.
Ground Nature Reserve is tucked into the southwest slope of Pen Ridge which forms part of the border of the counties of Somerset and Wiltshire. This secretive site is only accessible from Marsh Lane leading from the village of Pen Selwood. This ancient settlement, whose name derives from Pen (a ridge) and Selwood (a wood of sallies or pussywillows) is where Kenwalh, King of the West Saxons, fought and defeated the Britons in 658AD.
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