A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

An ancient woodland to explore, with added panorama of the North Devon landscape.

About the reserve

There's much to see both within and looking out from the reserve. Take a path under mature oaks, ashes and hazel coppice to discover glades of spring woodland flowers, while the level hilltop location, just a few miles south of Barnstaple, gives wide views of the surrounding countryside.


A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Devon Wildlife Trust's latest nature reserve. A must for bird watchers. No access at present to the nature reserve but great views of it and its wildlife are available from a public road/path…


A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Thirteen fields of wildflower-rich Culm grassland make up this smallholding which has remained unchanged for decades.

About the reserve

Meshaw Moor is what many parts of mid and north Devon would have once looked, smelt, felt and sounded like.

It's patchwork of small irregular shaped fields are bounded by hedges. The fields themselves are classic Culm and flower-rich hay meadows. So rich is Meshaw's crop of summer flowers we often harvest its seed and use it to restore grasslands elsewhere.


Wembury in South Devon is a magnet for wildlife – its rocky cliffs are home to nesting seabirds and the rocky shore, slate reefs and massive wave-cut platforms provide one of the United Kingdom’s best spots for marine life.

Wembury and the surrounding coastline form a Marine Conservation Area (MCA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). These go some way to shielding it from the human pressures.

Wembury Marine Centre is the ideal place to learn about the surrounding area and its wildlife through interactive displays, tanks, regular Rockpool Safaris and other marine themed events. The Centre also explains the part you can play in keeping Wembury special.

Due to the ongoing issues associated with Covid-19, we regret to inform you that Wembury Marine Centre will remain closed and all events cancelled during the 2020 season. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021.


Wembury Marine Centre Church Road, Wembury PL9 0HP

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A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Discover tranquillity with a gentle circular path through woodland, alongside a stream and an orchard. Climb Stoke Hill for wilder walks through wildflower meadows and tree-studded parkland, to enjoy the views across the city to the Exe Estuary.

About the reserve

Mincinglake Valley Park is one of six Exeter Valley Parks managed by Devon Wildlife Trust

The park provides easy access for visitors by car.  It is a wonderful location for manageable and pleasant stream side and wooded walks, meadows and parkland. Part of the Valley Park was created from a former waste tip, capped in the 1970s! It also caters for those who enjoy some hillier walks too, with long views towards the estuary.  

Did you know, Mincinglake comes from the old English words for ‘Nun’s lake’ a reference to the ‘Greater Polsloe Pond’, a lake created when the St. Katherines Priory nuns dammed the stream in the 12th century?


A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

At more than 800 years of age, Cricklepit Mill is Exeter's last working watermill. Surrounded by a unique urban wildlife garden, Cricklepit Mill also serves as Devon Wildlife Trust's headquarters.

Cricklepit Mill offers you a place to escape from it all in the very heart of the busy city of Exeter.  

The 18th century watermill sits in an extensive wildlife garden. The place has a secretive feel - many long term Exeter residents tell us they never knew it existed!

Explore Exeter from here

The mill is the perfect place to begin to discover Exeter. Start here and then explore on foot or by bike. Exeter's historic Quayside is only five minutes away by foot, while the beautiful Valley Parks are within a pleasant 20 minute stroll.

For the more adventurous a River Exe Wild Walk takes you on a six-mile exploration of the local landscape including Devon Wildlife Trust's Old Sludge Bed and Exe Reed Bed nature reserves.

Cricklepit Mill is the home of Devon Wildlife Trust.


A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Part of the massive Dawlish Warren sand spit at the mouth of the River Exe. This reserve is a vital home and migratory stopping off place for thousands of wading birds and wildfowl.


A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Paths and boardwalks allow you to get among the reed beds and ponds of this wetland reserve.

About the reserve

We probably could have come up with a better name for this often over-looked nature reserve! But the 'Old Sludge Beds' does at least hint at the history behind the place.



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