Bovey Heathfield: a disappearing landscape flourishes here
Heathland at its best
Paths lead you through a heathland landscape of gorse and heather. A great place to spot secretive reptiles and nightjars.
This is one of the best remaining examples of the heathland landscape which once dominated this part of Devon.
Take any one of a number of paths to explore the reserve's heather and gorse covered landscape. As you go look out for basking reptiles - common lizards, adders and grass snakes all live here.
A place with magic
Early summer brings a long-distance migrant. On still, warm evenings the magical bird the nightjar can be heard and seen at Bovey Heathfield. Its curious calls are one of the wonders of nature, an experience not to be missed.
Nor should you miss out on the the reserve's late summer show of colour. Pinks and purples of three types of heather contrast with the butter yellow of surrounding gorse bushes.
Relax and take your time
This was once a landscape which was scarred and rutted by illegal off-road cars and motorbikes. Now it's a tranquil place to go. Relax against a backdrop of Dartmoor in the distance.
The Wray Valley Trail passes by the reserve making it easily accessible on foot or bike. Our Teigngrace Meadow nature reserve is only a 20 minute walk or 10 minute cycle ride away.
If you like heathland you can also combine a visit to this nature reserve with one to nearby Chudleigh Knighton Heath - just 10 minutes away by road. These two reserves plus nearby Little Bradley Ponds make up our 4.5 mile Bovey Basin Wild Walk.