Arlington Park and Woods IPA

Location: South of Combe Martin, Devon, off the A39.

Grid Reference: SS 608401

Arlington Park & Woods IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK.

The key features of this IPA are:

  • The species richness of lichens in Broadleaved deciduous woodland: parkland and oceanic woodland
  • The parkland and woods of the Arlington Estate are recognised as one of Devon’s top spots for wildlife. Hidden in the thickly wooded valley of the River Yeo on the edge of Exmoor, The Park forms part of the Arlington Court estate, centred on a Regency house owned and managed by the National Trust.

    The area has a mainly south-westerly aspect and the lies upon well drained soil. Beech, Oak and Ash dominate the parkland, whilst at the northern end of the lake there is a dense carr of willows and alder.

    The estate’s last owner developed the park and encouraged wildlife, and it is now particularly famed for its rare lichens.

    Of particular note are the lichens Cetrelia olivetorum, Heterodermia obscurata and Teloschistes flavicans. Rare species include Bombyliospora pachycarpa, Pannaria conoplea, Parmelia lacinatula, Sticta dufourii and Lecidea carrollii.