Many of the fields towards Benter are Blazes of Yellow, as sheets of Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) come into flower. This can been seen in both the “improved” (fertilised) and unimproved (natural) pastures.
Alongside the stream in Cockles Field is a fantastic area of Wet Meadow or Fen, packed full of Sedges and Rushes.
The Somerset Wildlife Trust information board says this was possibly dug out for a boating lake, however an alternate local view is this area was created as bathing pits, for miners to wash in after working in the adjacent Coal mines.
There are a couple of mature trees in the wetland, providing ideal perches for Raptors hunting in the Sedges
The area is VERY wet underfoot, its VERY easy to lose a welly
The Sedges and Rushes are a year-round feature
The wetland needs management to prevent it reverting to scrub