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.



A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Great views across reedbeds and the spectacular Exe Estuary. One of the largest tidal reedbeds in Devon and one of the best for birds.

About the reserve

The Exe Reed Beds nature reserve is home to an amazing array of birds and insects.

Situated in the attractive upper reaches of the Exe Estuary, this site offers wonderful views across the Exe Valley and river.




A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Stunning riverside walks through a wooded valley on the edge of Dartmoor. Beautiful at any time of year, Dunsford is famous for its wild daffodils in early spring.

An ideal place to explore Devon's wild side

Walk alongside the river Teign as it winds through a steep-sided valley of oak, ash and birch. Look out for kingfishers, goosanders, dippers and otters on the river. Tawny owls, flycatchers and woodpeckers live among the trees. Herds of fallow deer also regularly pass through its wooded valley. From the Clifford Bridge entrance climb to the top of Dunsford for great views and a chance to see fritillary butterflies skimming across the tops of bracken-covered slopes. Recently we've also cut a new path which climbs through Dunsford's woodland to a bench with wonderful views along the Teign Valley - well worth the effort!


A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Wonderful views of the Exe Valley beyond the city stretch from this peaceful corner. Enjoy grassland walks at Belvidere, or visit Duryard for a good picnic site overlooking the valley.

About the reserve

Duryard and Belvidere Valley Park is one of six Exeter Valley Parks managed by Devon Wildlife Trust

Two sites to explore over 11 hectares near the University of Exeter, with some very long views and peaceful meadow walks in a local nature reserve.

Did you know, Duryard was once a Royal Saxon deer park. (dur meaning deer and yard meaning hunting area)?




A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

This long, narrow reserve 'tumbles down' the western edge of the River Webburn. Within it you can climb a classic Dartmoor tor or explore woodland.

About the reserve

A reserve of two parts, Town Wood and Blackadon Down, featuring two of Dartmoor’s iconic habitats – steep wooded river valley and grazed bracken moor.


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