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Halsdon nature reserve general leaflet
James Ravilious Photography Trail

Key Information

Grid reference/Postcode
SS 554 131/ EX19 8RF

North West Devon near Dolton


River, Woodland, semi-improved grassland and Culm grassland


The Pennon Environment Fund have awarded DWT around £5000 to spend on improving the scrapes at Halsdon along with fencing the river bank at the reserve.

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Wonderful riverside meadows and woodland walks. One of Devon's best places to spot otters.

Click here to take a video tour of this wonderful nature reserve in the company of wildlife expert Mike Dilger. Our thanks to BBC Inside Out for making this film.

What to see

  • Otters(all year round)
  • Kingfishers (all year round)
  • Bluebells and sand martins (Spring)
  • Fungi (Autumn)
  • James Ravilious Historic Photography Trail
  • Easy access path along the river

Halsdon is the favourite nature reserve of many Devon Wildlife Trust members. It holds many attractions. Open hillside pasture edged by gorse bushes, paths through woodland, riverside meadows, the deserted ruins of a water-mill, all are here, along with a fine stretch of one of Devon’s grandest rivers, the Torridge.

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