Top Ten wildlife places

Top Ten wildlife places

Yarner/East Dartmoor Woods and Heaths National Nature

Oak woodland, woodland birds, wooded river valley and open heathland. Several access points including car park, toilets and waymarked trails at Yarner Wood NNR.

(Ordnance Survey grid reference SX 785 789).

Teign Gorge - Fingle Woods/Drogo/Dunsford

Oak woodland, woodland birds, wooded river valley, butterflies, wild daffodils and other spring flowers. Multiple access points including Steps Bridge (OS grid reference SX 805 883) and Fingle Bridge (OS grid reference SX 743 900).

Visit Dunsford Reserve, Fingle Woods and Castle Drogo.

Haytor/Emsworthy Mire

Emsworthy: wetland valley mire, wet woodland, acid grassland with bluebells in spring, moorland birds, butterflies and dragonflies. (OS grid reference SX 745 765).

Haytor visitor centre with parking and toilets. Access to open moorland, granite tors and disused quarries. (OS grid reference SX 765 771).

Hembury Woods

Oak woodland, woodland birds. River Dart. (OS grid reference SX 730 680).

Visit Hembury Woods

Dart Valley/Newbridge

The Dart valley contains oak woodland, moorland and bracken slopes, rare butterflies, woodland birds. Various access points including Newbridge car park (OS grid reference SX 711 709) and Bel Tor Corner (OS grid reference SX 795 731).

Burrator Area

Reservoir fringed by broadleaf and conifer woodland, with streams, wetlands and open moorland. South West Lakes Trust discovery centre (OS grid reference SX 552 685). Pond dipping and interpretation with accessible surfaced paths at the Arboretum (OS grid reference SX 569 689).

Shaugh Bridge and Cadover Bridge

Ancient oakwoods, mossy boulders and granite outcrops at Shaugh Bridge (OS grid reference SX 533 636). Moorland and river at Cadover Bridge (OS grid reference SX 554 645).

Meldon Woods and Reservoir

Oak woodland in the valley below Meldon, near Okehampton. Open moorland, granite tors and fast flowing streams above Meldon reservoir. Parking and public toilets. (OS grid reference SX 562 918).

Bellever Moor and Meadows Reserve

Wild flower-rich upland meadows with butterflies and song birds. (OS grid reference SX 654776).

Fernworthy Reservoir/Plantation

At Fernworthy you can see open water, woodland, flower-rich wet grassland, butterflies and moorland birds. Longer walks give access to the open moorland and blanket bog. (OS grid reference SX 669 839).