|The Log Cabin sits in the bottom of
the Offwell Valley, in East Devon. It is adjacent to the Offwell Brook.
The brook enters the Centre from the northern end of the
reserve, via Monument Pond and runs down the western edge of the Centre. A leat also exits
from Monument Pond, running down towards and around Dragonfly Pond. The leat continues on
to meet up with the brook again near the southern border of the Centre. The leat diverts
much of the entering stream water around the Centre's sensitive wetland habitats and the
Lake. Centre Map
The brook, leat and ponds are bordered with trees
such as Alder, sallows and willows, which all favour
wetter habitats. Many herbaceous marsh and swamp plants, such as Yellow Iris, Reedmace, Brooklime and a variety of rushes
and sedges also grow in and around the ponds.
leat as it exits the Dragonfly Pond area and the track leading to the cabin, there is a
hedge consisting mainly of Hazel, Blackthorn, European Gorse,
willows and Alder
grassy, wildflower areas immediately in front of the cabin and on both east and west sides
of Dragonfly Pond.
Plants here include mainly
Bird's-foot Trefoil, Ox-eye Daisies, clover, docks, Cat's Ear, Foxgloves, rushes and a
variety of grasses.
behind the cabin are herbaceous plants and a stand of Heather. Behind this is a short
strip of pioneer birch trees, leading into a conifer plantation.
The conifers are mainly Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Grand Fir.
The conifer plantation extends up the hill slope
towards Offwell Village. It is bordered at the top by a narrow strip of mature oak
In the middle of the conifer plantation, there is a
small patch of broadleaf woodland consisting mainly of birch, Rowan and Ash.