Bystock: where wildlife changes with the landscape
The place to watch dragonflies
A lake, heathland and meadows go to make a wonderfully diverse nature reserve.
This is one of Devon Wildlife Trust's most popular nature reserves - and it's easy to see why.
Bystock has great variety. Visit and you'll find yourself stopping to take in beautiful views across a lily-pad filled lake, strolling through heathland on boardwalks, and climbing the gentle slopes of a wildflower meadow.
The nature reserve is well-known for its dragonflies and damselflies which in spring and summer dance across the surface of its open water and heathland. Look out for emperor, downy emerald and golden-ringed dragonflies as they fly around you.
Bystock is good for birds too. Head for its heathland to see willow warblers, blackcaps and stonechats. On summer evenings listen for the weird and wonderful calls of nightjars.
Look for the light
Summer evenings are also the time to look out for bats at Bystock, and for the lights of glow worms as the females signal for a mate from the grass of the reserve's meadow.
Bystock is cared for by a very active group of local volunteers. Say hello to them as they help to keep this special place in tip-top condition!
You can begin to explore the nature reserve and its surrounding area using the Bystock Wild Walk.
Bystock is also part of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths. East Budleigh Common and the East Devon Way are within an easy walk.
Swimming and boating is not permitted at Bystock Pools nature reserve.