Where to go this season - winter

Redwing on a branch of berriesRedwing in winter

In winter it may seem as if Devon’s wildlife goes to ground. But if you know where to look there’s so much to discover.

Avocet in the evening sun. Photo, Neil Bygrave

Get great views of winter wading birds from the hides at South Efford Marsh (near Kingsbridge) and Dawlish Inner Warren (near Dawlish) nature reserves.

Spot flocks of avocets as they feed on mudflats along the edge of the Exe Reed Bed (near Exeter) nature reserve.

Find the lichens as they cling to the wind-blown stone walls which stretch across Bellever Moor and Meadows (Dartmoor) nature reserve.

Search along the strandline for shells, seaweed, mermaid’s purses (shark/ray egg cases) and cuttlefish bones close to Wembury Marine Centre (near Plymouth).

Hear the chattering alarm calls of redwings and fieldfares as they search for food in the fields of Ash Moor (near Hatherleigh) and Ashculm Turbury (near Cullompton) nature reserves.

Other wild places to go this winter

Crunch frosted leaves beneath your feet on a brisk winter’s walk through our Dunsford nature reserve (near Exeter).

Warm yourself up with coffee and cake at our Seaton Jurassic visitor attraction (Seaton)! Open on the 1st February onwards, see the website for more details. 

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