Where to go this season - Summer

Wildflower meadow Wildflowers at Meshaw

In summer Devon’s butterflies, moths and dragonflies get the season moving. Here are some of the best places to get a closer look.

Marsland nature reserve by Dave ChamberlainUnlock the secrets of one of North Devon’s most beautiful hidden valleys at Marsland nature reserve. A butterfly haven (near Bude)


Use Devon’s newest cycle way to explore the butterfly and moth-rich grassy meadows of Teigngrace Meadow nature reserve (near Bovey Tracey)


Hike through heathland to spot night flying moths and the nightjars that hunt for them at Chudleigh Knighton nature reserve (near Chudleigh)


Meeth quarry nature reserve Go on a dragonfly and damselfly safari at Meeth Quarry nature reserve (near Hatherleigh). This reserve is great for butterflies too!

Sit for a while on one of the benches at our Little Bradley Ponds (near Bovey Tracey) and Bystock Pools nature reserves (near Exmouth)


Other wild places to go this summer

Visit the one of our Culm grassland nature reserves as they burst into colour provided by hundreds of wildflowers. Dunsdon and Vealand Farm (both near Holsworthy) nature reserves are great places to start.

Spend a day at the beach and search among the rockpools on a guided ramble of marine wildlife discovery led by Wembury Marine Centre

Find out more

Join us at our Bystock Discovery Day on July 25 for a fantastic day out at one of East Devon's most loved nature reserves.

Or if you live in Exeter, why not come along to our Wild Bee Family Fun Day on August 3.

Ideas of wild things to do this summer!

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