Avon Wildlife Trust
A reminder of how the English countryside used to be before World War Two
Wildflower meadows and woodland surround the Folly Farm Centre at the heart of Folly Farm, a 250-acre nature reserve between Bath and Bristol which offers spectacular views over Chew Valley Lake and the Mendips.
The meadows are of a type now rare in Britain. Unspoilt by pesticides and fertilisers, in summer they are brimming with flowers such as betony, ox-eye daisy and heath spotted orchid. In late summer, they are covered with drifts of black knapweed and devil's-bit scabious which attract butterflies such as ringlet, small tortoiseshell, gatekeeper and marbled white.
The woodland floor of Dowling's Wood is extremely rich in springtime flowers, such as primrose, bluebell and early purple orchid. An extensive badger sett can be seen from the Access for All path in the woodland. Look out for nuthatch, buzzard and great spotted woodpecker. Tawny owls also nest and roost on the farm.
The wildflower meadows and Dowlings Wood are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The Folly Farm Centre is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trust.