Conservation work on Bowden and Liddaton Downs

The Tavistock Taskforce recently completed a very productive day’s work on both Bowden and Liddaton Downs in glorious sunshine. The Taskforce was supplemented with helpers from The Duchy College, so we had three pieces of work going on at the same time.
On Liddaton we installed a new info board by the crossroad sign. It gives a comprehensive picture of the Down and it’s flora and fauna.  This Down is well worth a visit as a change from walks on Bowden.
On Bowden the team finished cutting down and treating the gorse stumps by the side of the road.  The other team started to cut back a very overgrown area on the western edge of the Down. This area was a hotspot for small pearl Bordered Fritillaries and hopefully by
reducing the bracken and gorse this will encourage violets to flourish next year and thus improve the environment for the butterflies.
We are always looking for new members to join and get involved in work on the Commons and its management, it’s a very special local resource, with a very high bio-diversity value.
Please contact me if you are interested in volunteering or just would like more information about the Commons and the Association.

Will Walker-Smith, email