Our 50 nature reserves are the best way to experience Devon's wild side. From craggy coasts to wind-blown moorland, ancient woodland to flower-filled meadows, our reserves bring you close to nature in amazing settings.

If you’re not sure where to start we can guide you on some great walks and tell you the best to times to visit.

And if you’re looking for a different kind of day out then head to one of our four very different visitor centres. We’re even giving you the chance to travel back in time at our new attraction, Seaton Jurassic!

Here we have suggested some great days out on 9 of our most popular reserves...



Meeth Quarry

Daffodils at Dunsford Bluebells at Emsworthy Meeth Quarry with gorse flowers and lakes
Dunsford's ever changing valley woodland is beautiful year round. Visit in March for the famous wild daffodil display. This Dartmoor nature reserve is at its best in late Spring when it is carpeted in blubells and cuckoos call across the mire.  Once a working clay quarry, this spectacular site has now been taken over by wildlife. The reserve is at its most colourful in June when the orchids and butterflies are out.  


Bystock Pools

Andrew's Wood

Marsland with sea in background Bystock pools Bluebells at Andrew's Wood
Marsland's stunning scenery ranges from coastal grasslands to bracken-covered hillsides, meadows to woodland. Best known for its butterflies, visit in May to see some of its rarest inhabitants.   Dragonflies patrol the pools at Bystock during the summer. A visit in the late afternoon through to early evening gives you a chance to see these jewel like insects as well as bats and nightjars as the light fades.   Walk through a patchwork of woodland, open glades, clearings and meadows. In Spring and Summer the sunny spots fill with wildflowers


Dawlish Warren


Halsdon in the Autumn Dawlish warren with evening primrose in foreground Dunsdon meadow
Halsdon transforms its character from season to season. From the fresh green dappled light of Spring to the golden carpet of Autumn. Visit in the early morning for a chance to see otters.  Spectacular views across the nature reserve's mudflats and onward back up the River Exe to the horizon can be seen from the comfort of the wildlife hide. Thousands of wading birds gather here in the winter.  On a warm summer's day Dunsdon National Nature Reserve buzzes and bursts with life. This culm grassland is home to the rare marsh fritilary and orchids of many colours. Stay till dusk to watch barn owls patrolling the fields.